|Status of the macroalgae and seagrass vegetation after the 1991 Gulf War oil spill|
De Clerck, O.; Coppejans, E. (1994). Status of the macroalgae and seagrass vegetation after the 1991 Gulf War oil spill. CFS, Cour. Forsch. Inst. Senckenb. 166: 18-21
In: CFS. Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg. Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft: Frankfurt/M. ISSN 0341-4116, more
The intertidal zone of the Saudi Arabian Gulf coast is almost devoid of macroalgae or seagrasses, even in non-polluted sites. Because of the extreme climatic conditions these plants are restricted to subtidal habitats which have not been affected by the oil spill. Their diversity in the Dawhat ad-Dafi and Dawhat al-Musallamiya area is at least as high as in other similar regions of the Gulf. Their biomass can locally be very high, at least during part of the year. A species list of the Chlorophyta, Phaeophyta and Rhodophyta from the region is included.