FHL Marine Botany  :::::::::::::::::::::::::::   Taxonomy | Habitat | Morphology | Life History | Ecology | Pit Plugs



This image also demonstrates diatoms being present as well as the whorled branches


        Little is known about the ecological importance of Scagelia occidentale, other than it appears in many areas in the low intertidal/ subtidal and on docks or pylons (Abbott et al.1976). It has relatively little bio-mass and is not a dominant alga. During laboratory examinations only diatoms have been observed utilizing it as habitat. (see image below to see the diatoms which are the small brown structures on the alga)



Abbott I.A. and Hollenberg G.J. Marine Algae of California, Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1976.