Friday, August 1, 2008

Filamentous Turf

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Filamentous Turf Algae
(multiple species)

Filamentous Turf Algae - multiple species
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Oceans worldwide

Covers rocks, dead coral, and other hard surfaces.

Algae require sunlight and carbon dioxide to perform photosynthesis.

Quick Fact
Filamentous Turf Algae is comprised of a number of different algal species with varied morphology. This diverse mix of algae only attains a canopy height of 1 to 10 mm, but provides a complex habitat for many crustaceans and worms. Algal turf contributes up to 80% of coral reef primary productivity, making it a major food source for animals on the reef.

Learn More
Coming Soon
- Moorea Biocode Database

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