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The development of an artificial, Amphibolis-like seagrass of complex morphology and preliminary data on its colonization by epiphytes

Lethbridge, R.C., Borowitzka, M.A. and Benjamin, K.J. (1988) The development of an artificial, Amphibolis-like seagrass of complex morphology and preliminary data on its colonization by epiphytes. Aquatic Botany, 31 (1-2). pp. 153-168.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0304-3770(88)90045-9
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Abstract

A method is described for the construction of artificial seagrass plants whose stems and terminal leaf clusters resemble those of Amphibolis spp. In preliminary trials, the artificial seagrasses were deployed and withstood at least 40 days immersion in a shallow, subtidal Amphibolis meadow on a moderate energy coastline in south-western Australia. In trials conducted between August (winter) and April (autumn), the artificial seagrasses became colonized with numerous algae and invertebrates that were present as epiphytes on living Amphibolis within the same meadow. Recruitment of epiphytes was usually rapid, and a number of species became fertile within the trial period.

The artificial seagrasses described in this study represent a valuable tool for the assessment of epiphyte recruitment and growth on seagrasses that possess perennial stems and branches, and transient leaves within terminal clusters.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 1988 Published by Elsevier B.V.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/20518
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