Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring: Trends and Synthesis
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Some photoplots at Southern California monitoring locations target single or mixed species of turfy filamentous red algae (other than Endocladia muricata), primarily Gelidium spp and Chondracanthus canaliculatus. These species or species groups were chosen because they were especially prominent at certain sites, representing unique tidal zones. Such turfs can form low thickets that support communities of tiny invertebrates that are highly productive and important as food for larger organisms such as fishes and shore birds (see also Red Algal Turf - Transects).