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Image Keith Hiscock - Current swept bed of Zostera marina. Image width ca 2 m in foreground.
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SS.SMp.SSgr.Zmar recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
Temperature range preferences - 5 to 30 °C
Water clarity preferences - High clarity / Low turbidity
Limiting Nutrients - Nitrogen (nitrates)
Other preferences -
Intertidal Zostera marina beds may be damaged by frost, although rhizomes most likely survive. In carbonate based sediments phosphate may be limiting due to adsorption onto sediment particles. Zostera marina is also found in reduced salinities, for example brackish lagoons (Dyrynda, 1997).
This review can be cited as follows:
Tyler-Walters, H. & Wilding, C.M. 2008. Zostera marina/angustifolia beds in lower shore or infralittoral clean or muddy sand. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 19/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatpreferences.php?habitatid=257&code=2004>