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Marine Intertidal Rocky Shore

 

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Dominated by invertebrates and non-vascular plants, in a high-stress environment alternately covered by tides and exposed to desiccation and thermal stress.

Marine Intertidal Rocky Shores occur along rocky shores, from the supratidal splash zone to the limits of light penetration in the subtidal zone. This community grades into rocky subtidal community on the ocean side and Maritime Rock Cliff Community toward the upland above the tidal zone. Marine Intertidal Rocky Shores are dominated by invertebrates and non-vascular plants, in a high-stress environment alternately covered by tides and exposed to desiccation and thermal stress.

Photos credit to salicicola.com (unless otherwise noted). Natural communities information extracted from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP). NHESP's Marine Intertidal Rocky Shore natural community page.

 

SEMPBA Archives: Marine Intertidal Rocky Shore

 

Species Name

bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus)

rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum)

Irish moss (Chondrus crispus)

sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca)

 

 

bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus)

By User Stemonitis on en.wikipedia - Taken by Stemonitis, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1366426

bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus)

By User Stemonitis on en.wikipedia - Taken by Stemonitis, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1366410

rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum)

 

Irish moss (Chondrus crispus)

By User:Kontos - Moved from English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4529699

sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca)

By Kristian Peters -- Fabelfroh 08:32, 12 December 2006 (UTC) - photographed by myself, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1453578