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Sea temperature shapes seasonal fluctuations in seaweed biomass within the Ningaloo coral reef ecosystem

Fulton, Christopher; Depczynski, Martial; Holmes, Thomas H.; Noble, Mae; Radford, Ben; Wernberg, Thomas; Wilson, Shaun

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Environmental drivers of seaweed biomass were investigated at Ningaloo, Western Australia, a coral reef ecosystem with negligible anthropogenic influences on seaweeds from fishing, farming, or eutrophication. Periodic surveys of benthic macroalgae occupying seaweed-dominated beds within the lagoon at two locations (Coral Bay, Tantabiddi) were made during winter, spring, and late summer over a 26 month period. Canopyforming Sargassum spp. biomass fluctuated over a seasonal growth-decay cycle,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/68845
Source: Limnology and Oceanography
DOI: 10.4319/lo.2014.59.01.0156

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