Vertical distribution of four large brown algal species along the Japan Sea coast in southwestern Hokkaido, Japan

Fujinori Tsuda, Yukio Agatsuma, Kazuya Taniguchi

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Abstract

The vertical distribution of four species of large brown algae along the coast of lwanai, Hokkaido, were investigated in relation to the substratum, water temperature and wave strength between 1998 and 2000. The perennial algae Sargassum confusum C. Agardh and Cystoseira hakodatensis (Yendo) Fensholt were abundantly distributed in areas of stable substratum with drifted sand. The annual algae Laminaria religiosa Miyabe in Okamura and Undaria pinnatifida (Harvey) Suringar were abundantly distributed in areas of stable and unstable substrata, but were sparsely distributed in areas with drifted sand. The standing crop of Laminaria religiosa and Cystoseira hakodatensis, both cold water species, was increased under cold hydrographic conditions with high wave action, but that of Undaria pinnatifida and Sargassum confusum, both warm water species, was increased under warm and calm conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-103
Number of pages9
JournalJapanese Journal of Ecology
Volume54
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Aug 1

Keywords

  • Life form
  • Substrata
  • Vertical distribution
  • Water temperature
  • Wave action

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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