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Impact of the invasive seaweed Sargassum muticum (Phaeophyta) on an intertidal macroalgal assemblage
Sánchez, I.; Fernández, C. (2005). Impact of the invasive seaweed Sargassum muticum (Phaeophyta) on an intertidal macroalgal assemblage. J. Phycol. 41(5): 923-930.
In: Journal of Phycology. Blackwell Science: New York. ISSN 0022-3646, more
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    Sargassum muticum (Yendo) Fensholt, 1955 [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    competition; intertidal; invasion; macroalgal assemblages; northern Spain; removal experiment; Sargassum muticum; succession

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  • Sánchez, I.
  • Fernández, C.

    The impact of the invasive seaweed Sargassum muticum (Yendo) Fensholt on a low intertidal macroalgal assemblage was assessed at a semiexposed rocky shore in northern Spain between 2002 and 2004. Sargassum muticum plants were removed from the mature macroalgal assemblage and from those occurring along the successional process of the assemblage. Biomass, richness, diversity, and percentage cover of macroalgae in experimental plots were compared with unmanipulated controls. The effect of S. muticum removal on the macroalgal assemblage more than 2 years after the beginning of the experiment was negligible. Moreover, no differences between treatments were detected in the general patterns of succession. Only significant differences in S. muticum abundance were detected between treatments at the end of the experiment. We suggest that the low abundance of S. muticum at this intertidal level and its pseudoperennial life cycle may limit competition with native macroalgae. However, long-term removal experiments may be a more indicator of the impact of S. muticum at the upper limit of its vertical distribution.

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