Flashcards in Kelp Forest Deck (7)
What are nereocystis?
Have only 1 pneumatocysts
Can withstand great wave strength
What is macrocystis?
Major canopy former
Grows from meristem
What are key grazers of kelp forests?
Molluscs- mitra, calliostoma, regular snails
What are key predators in the kelp forest
Some mollusks (kelletia)
Threats to kelp forests:
Unsustainable harvesting (harvesting from the top)
Overfishing rockfish- near shore, live fish fisheries, long lining
Power plants- emit warm water
Vertical zon action in kelp forest:
Benthic zone, prostrate kelps, invertebrates
Largest zone, most species
Dominated by giant kelp