Banc Capel

Banc Capel
Location Coral Sea, in the South Pacific Ocean, near New Caledonia
Coordinates 24°45.70′S 159°42.13′E / 24.76167°S 159.70217°E / -24.76167; 159.70217) [1]
Country France
Type Guyot
Volcanic arc/chain Chesterfield Plateau

Banc Capel is a guyot, or flat-topped underwater volcano, in the Coral Sea.


Banc Capel is a guyot – a former atoll with steep sides and a flat top – and is swept by strong currents. There are no sandy or muddy substrates, the surface being occupied by rocks or gravel scree.[2]


Banc Capel is inhabited by species including Nassarius alabasteroides and Laurentaeglyphea.[3][4][5][2][6] It is dominated by sponges, including the genus Phloedictyon and gorgonians. Other decapods found in the same trawls including the slipper lobster Ibacus brucei, the crab Randallia and swimming crabs.[2]

Notes and references

  1. "GeoHack". Retrieved 2014-09-25.
  2. 1 2 3 Bertrand Richer de Forges (2006). "Découverte en mer du Corail d'une deuxième espèce de glyphéide (Crustacea, Decapoda, Glypheoidea)" (PDF). Zoosystema. 28 (1): 17–28.
  3. Kool (2009). Miscellanea Malacologica 3 (5) : 97-100. World Register of Marine Species, Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  4. Nassarius alabasteroides Kool, 2009.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 18 April 2010.
  5. Nassarius alabasteroides Kool, 2009, Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, 2009
  6. T. Y. Chan; M. Butler; A. MacDiarmid; A. Cockcroft & R. Wahle (2011). "Laurentaeglyphea neocaledonica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved January 7, 2012.

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