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Leathery/Leafy Algal Bed (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 562

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Aquatic Vegetation Bed
Biotic Subclass Benthic Macroalgae
Biotic Group Leathery/Leafy Algal Bed
Biotic Community Ascophyllum Communities
Caulerpa Communities
Chondrus Communities
Codium Communities
Fucus <i>distichus</i> Communities
Palmaria Communities


Description
Definition Areas dominated by leathery/leafy algae have a variety of specialized tissues (including thalli) that resemble stems and leaf-like blades. They generally maintain their shape when removed from water, and they often possess air bladders (pneumatocysts) and other flotation bodies.