Biodiversity & Conservation

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Eulittoral
The main part of the littoral zone characterized by limpets, barnacles, mussels, fucoid algae (other than those characteristic of the littoral fringe), with red algae often abundant on the lower part. It lies above the main population of Laminariales. Zonation within the eulittoral is variable, with two to four (commonly three) belts often clearly discernible. 1) (lower) The lower belt of the eulittoral subzone, bordering the sublittoral fringe, and generally dominated by Fucus serratus and red algae. 2) (mid) The broad middle belt of the eulittoral subzone, usually characterized by limpets and barnacles or Mytilus and filamentous red algae in exposed situations, or dominated by fucoids, often with clumps of large mussels present, in shelter. 3) (upper) The narrow upper belt of the eulittoral subzone, often very variable in character. (from Hiscock , 1990).

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