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A provisional classification of algal-characterised rocky shore biotopes in the Azores
Tittley, I.; Neto, A.I. (2000). A provisional classification of algal-characterised rocky shore biotopes in the Azores. Hydrobiologia 440(1-3): 19-25
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158, more
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  • Tittley, I.; Neto, A.I. (2000). A provisional classification of algal-characterised rocky shore biotopes in the Azores, in: Jones, M.B. et al. (Ed.) Island, Ocean and Deep-Sea Biology: Proceedings of the 34th European Marine Biology Symposium, held in Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal, 13-17 September 1999. Developments in Hydrobiology, 152: pp. 19-25, more

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Keywords
    Algae; Biotopes; Community composition; Rocky shores; Marine

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  • Tittley, I.
  • Neto, A.I., more

Abstract
    Recent studies of the rocky shores of the Azores archipelago have provided information on community structure allowing provisional identification of plant-characterised biotopes (habitats and their associated communities). Although the Azores share some littoral and sublittoral biotopes with the Atlantic coast of mainland Europe, shores in the archipelago mostly lack the functionally important `leathery macrophyte' communities of fucoids and laminarians widespread in the North Atlantic. Intertidal biotopes are mainly turfs typical of warm-temperate and tropical regions, and characterised by articulated Corallinaceae or by non-coralline algae such as Cladophora spp., Gelidium spp., Pterocladiella capillacea, Stypocaulon scoparia, and Valonia utricularis. Subtidal algal biotopes are characterised by Dictyota spp., Halopteris filicina, Sphaerococcus coronopifolius and, most commonly, Zonaria tournefortii.

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