Deep bank dominated by green algae

Fig. 5: Some deep banks are dominated in terms of biomass by brown or red algae, and others by green algae, as shown in this region of McGrail Bank at 55 m depth (165 ft). Common are the grapelike Caulerpa racemosa, the spongy Codium isthmocladum, and the honeycombed, saclike Dictyosphaeria cavernosa (bottom, left). Interspersed among these species are the leafy brown alga Lobophora variegata (bottom right). Image courtesy of FGBNMS/UNCW-NURC.

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