Seamounts: identity crisis or split personality?
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2007
Journal of Biogeography
Volume 34, Issue 12, pages 2001–2008, December 2007
How to Cite
McClain, C. R. (2007), Seamounts: identity crisis or split personality?. Journal of Biogeography, 34: 2001–2008. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2007.01783.x
- Issue published online: 24 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2007
- deep sea;
- ecological oasis;
- island biogeography;
At present, researchers propose that over 14,000 seamounts exist and, like their terrestrial analogues, function like islands. In addition, seamounts are described as oases, biodiversity hotspots, and lush coral/sponge gardens. Here I discuss the extent to which these tenets regarding seamounts may be inappropriate, suffer from a lack of support, and be over-generalizations of a broad range of environmental types encountered on seamounts. Ultimately, for seamount science to progress, we need to challenge our conventional wisdom on these habitats and the extent to which all seamounts function in a similar manner.