By J. D. Fish, S. Fish (auth.)
At one time or one other, we have now all been drawn by means of the fascination of the beach. For the vacation maker, the stress-free day via the ocean usually seems to be a so much profitable foray between rock swimming pools and dense canopies of seaweed; for naturalists and scholars, the shore is without doubt one of the so much not easy habitats. no matter what our pursuits and services, one in every of our first ambitions whilst confronted with the variety of plant and animal existence at the shore is to call the person specimens and we speedy research that this is a tricky, although lucrative, career. as soon as an organism has been pointed out, a couple of questions obviously persist with. what's its life-cycle? How does it feed and reproduce? How lengthy does it reside? The solutions to such questions provide an perception into the lives of the vegetation and animals of the shore and are one of many first steps in an comprehend ing of the complexity of the shore atmosphere. notwithstanding, the knowledge required to reply to such questions isn't really regularly simply obtainable or even whilst it truly is recognized it's always scattered in a variety of books and examine journals making it tricky and time eating to discover. even if quite a few identity keys and publications is offered, a few designed for the professional, others for the beginner, such texts as a rule provide little, if any, info at the biology of the organisms.
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Page 296 7. Body rounded, or triangular; strongly built with powerful pincers. Legs may be short or very long and spider-like. Posterior region tightly folded under main body. Among seaweed, rocks, stones, crevices and in sand and mud. Widely distributed. Porcelain crabs, true crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda) .. page 296 22 ILLUSTRATED GUIDE 8. Body divided into three regions, head, middle region with three pairs of legs, and a posterior region without legs. Found floating in the surface film of rock pools, and in crevices.
37). The genus Enteromorpha is widely distributed in north-west Europe but the separation of the species is difficult and the morphology of the frond of a single species can vary in response to environmental conditions. G. Agardh are widely distributed and common. l}--- -- - air bladder u.. ;~r=>------------ holdfast Figure 8 Generalized seaweed illustrating characters referred to in the text. (a) Figure 9 (c) (a) Enteromorpha compressa (b) Enteromorpha linza (c) Enteromorpha intestinalis. 36 (b) Figure 10 (a) U/va lactuca (b) Chaetomorpha sp.
The frond is flat or rounded with extensive dichotomous branching and bears few, if 46 ALGAE Figure 18 (a) Ascophyllum nodosum with the epiphyte, Polysiphonia (b) Ascophyllum nodosum variety mackaii. any, small air bladders. The plants are slow growing, often reaching a length of 400 mm. They drift in large, spherical masses in the sheltered waters. Fucus ceranoides Linnaeus (Fig. 19a) Frond thin with smooth margin; prominent midrib; without air bladders but frond on either side of midrib may be inflated.
A Student’s Guide to the Seashore by J. D. Fish, S. Fish (auth.)