Mixed Laminaria hyperborea and Laminaria saccharina forest on sheltered upper infralittoral rock
|Within Vocab||Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland Version 97.06|
|Definition||Sheltered, often silted upper infralittoral bedrock and boulder slopes with mixed kelps Laminaria hyperborea and Laminaria saccharina beneath which red seaweeds such as Plocamium cartilagineum, Bonnemaisonia asparagoides, Delesseria sanguinea and Cryptopleura ramosa occur on top of encrusting coralline algae. The stipes of L. hyperborea are generally densely covered with seaweeds such as Phycodrys rubens, Membranoptera alata and Plocamium cartilagineum, as well as solitary ascidians, while the fronds are often epiphytised by Obelia geniculata and Membranipora membranacea. Beneath the often cape-form kelp canopy, the faunal component is generally less diverse than the more exposed kelp forests.|
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