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Marine Supratidal Lichen Zone (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 555

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Moss and Lichen Communities
Biotic Subclass Marine Lichens
Biotic Group Marine Supratidal Lichen Zone
Biotic Community Anaptychia Communities
Caloplaca Communities
Ramalina Communities
Xanthoria Communities
Supratidal Verrucaria Communities


Description
Definition Zones dominated by patches of lichens in association with the supratidal zone (splash zone). These areas are rarely submerged, but are regularly wetted by splash and sea spray. These lichen zones are most often associated with rocky shores with abundant sea spray. This zone corresponds to the Supralittoral Zone described by Fletcher.