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Straight-nosed pipefish Nerophis ophidion and broad-nosed pipefish Syngnathus typhle avoid eelgrass overgrown with filamentous algae

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In a habitat choice experiment straight-nosed pipefish Nerophis ophidion and broad-nosed pipefish Syngnathus typhle avoided eelgrass Zostera marina covered with filamentous algae. Both juveniles as well as brooding adult males of the two species clearly preferred to position themselves in Z. marina without growth of filamentous algae.

Keywords: Baltic Sea; Zostera marina; eutrophication; habitat choice; pipefishes

Document Type: Editorial


Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, Gotland University College, Cramérgatan 3, SE-62167 Visby, Sweden 2: Department of Ecology and Genetics/Animal Ecology, Uppsala University, Norbyvägen 18 D, SE-75236 Uppsala, Sweden

Publication date: 2011-06-01

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