34 Lophelia pertusa and Madrepora oculata: An Archaea Riddle?

  • Markus G. WeinbauerEmail author
  • Davide Oregioni
  • Cornelia Maier
Part of the Coral Reefs of the World book series (CORW, volume 9)


Lophelia pertusa and Madrepora oculata are the two main species building cold-water coral reefs. Habitats within cold-water coral reefs ecosystems such as the water column, sediments, coral rubble, sponges and other corals host a diverse archaeal community. However, L. pertusa and M. oculata host, if at all, a different archaeal community. The question arises why (some) Archaea are excluded from the holobiont and whether this is potentially contributing to the success of L. pertusa and M. oculata as cold-water coral reef builders.


Bacteria Archaea Corals Diversity Holobiont 



We thank the captain and the crew of the RV Pelagia for their support. This research has been supported by the Dutch NWO/ALW project BIOSYS (no. 835.30.024 and 814.01.005) and the European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) which received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (PP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 211384.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus G. Weinbauer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Davide Oregioni
    • 1
  • Cornelia Maier
    • 1
  1. 1.Sorbonne Universités, CNRS, Laboratoire d’Océanographie de VillefrancheVillefranche-sur-MerFrance

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