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Free Content Seasonality and Vertical Zonation of Benthic Marine Algae on a North Carolina Coastal Jetty

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A seasonal study of vertical zonation of benthic intertidal marine algae at Masonboro Inlet, North Carolina, USA was made between January and December, 1978. Sixty-nine species were collected as follows: 19 Chlorophyta, 16 Phaeophyta, and 34 Rhodophyta. Three patterns of seasonality were apparent: (1) perennial species, (2) winter annuals, (3) summer annuals. Discrete zonation patterns previously reported for the region were not observed. Rather, results of the present study described a complex vertical gradient of overlapping species ranges. Zonation patterns were dynamic, rather than static, with the vertical ranges of species alternately expanding and retreating seasonally.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 1982

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