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Mesh/Bubble Algal Bed (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 563

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Aquatic Vegetation Bed
Biotic Subclass Benthic Macroalgae
Biotic Group Mesh/Bubble Algal Bed
Biotic Community Dichyosphaeria Communities
Valonia Communities
Ventricaria Communities


Description
Definition Areas dominated by mesh or bubble algae that form small, generally spherical masses attached to the benthos. They may develop lobes as they grow, but they do not further differentiate at the macro level. These masses may be hard or leathery, and they can sometimes be hollow. Bubble algae can be fast growing, quickly colonizing exposed reef surfaces, overtaking new coral growth, and deterring other animals from attaching there.