Laminaria hyperborea with dense foliose red seaweeds on exposed infralittoral rock
|Within Vocab||Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 97.06|
|Definition||Very exposed and exposed upper infralittoral bedrock or large boulders characterised by the kelp Laminaria hyperborea, beneath which is a dense turf of foliose red seaweeds. Three variations of this biotope are described: the upper infralittoral kelp forest (EIR.LhypR.Ft), the kelp park below (EIR.LhypR.Pk) and a third type of kelp forest that is characterised by a mixture of L. hyperborea and Laminaria ochroleuca (EIR.LhypR.Loch). The fauna of these biotopes is markedly less abundant than kelp forests in areas of greater wave surge (EIR.LhypFa); sponges, anemones and polyclinid ascidians may be present, though never at high abundance. Beneath the under-storey the rock surface is generally covered with encrusting coralline algae.|
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