In close proximity to Lophelia pertusa, the bright pink “bubblegum coral” Paragorgia arborea thrives. The two species jointly provide a habitat for basket stars, crabs, shrimps, fish and many other organisms.
Laboratory experiments revealed that with respect to ocean acidification, cold-water corals are tougher than expected. Nonetheless, ocean acidification might weaken the foundation of these communities so rich in species and colours created by Lophelia pertusa.
Photo: Solvin Zankl