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Physical and Biological Observations of the Northern Rim of the de Soto Canyon made from a Research Submersible


During June 1978, the research submersible DIAPHUS completed 27 dives in the north central Gulf of Mexico. Fourteen of these were concentrated on and around the high relief, northern ledge or rim of the De Soto Canyon, located at depths of 50-60 m, and approximately 25 km S of Navarre, Florida.

The ledge is composed of limestone outcroppings. The invertebrate fauna is characterized as two principle assemblages, one associated with a sand-shell-coraline-algae slope and the other with a limestone block ledge. The ichthyofauna is dominated by deep water reef species, thirty of which are identified and their habitat and abundance described.