BIOTIC Species Information for Zostera marina
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Researched byDr Harvey Tyler-Walters Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byDr Leigh Jones
General Biology
Growth formFoliose
Feeding methodPhotoautotroph
Mobility/MovementPermanent attachment
Environmental positionEpifloral
Infaunal
Typical food typesNot relevant HabitAttached
BioturbatorNot relevant FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeMedium-large(21-50cm)
HeightExceptionally, up to 2 m Growth Rate5 m/year
Adult dispersal potential10-100m DependencyIndependent
SociabilitySolitary
Toxic/Poisonous?No
General Biology Additional InformationThe stated growth rate refers to vegetative growth recorded in perennial populations whereas annual populations may expand at 30m / year in good conditions (Holt et al. 1997). The following species have been recorded only from seagrass leaves:
  • the hydroid Laomedea angulata;
  • the algae Rhodophysema georgii, Halothrix lumbricalis,Leblondiella densa, Myrionema magnusii, Cladosiphon zosterae, Punctaria crispata; and
  • Cladosiphon contortus, which is larger and found primarily on Zosterasp.
  • rhizomes.
Biology References Hartog den, 1970, Phillips & Menez, 1988, Davison & Hughes, 1998, Jones et al., 2000, Anonymous, 1999(p), Holt et al., 1997,
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