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Monterey Bay NMS Survey Report, April 4, 2014

2014 Intertidal Ecology Survey
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Pacific Grove CA
Field Survey Report
James Landers, April 4, 2014 (Rev. November 26, 2014)

Abstract. Like the previous survey in this series, at the Cambria CA White Rock SMCA, a survey plot in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary at Pacific Grove CA also exhibits less diversity than might be expected of the rocky intertidal along the Pacific coast, however the middle and lower intertidal zones are less dominated by tar spot algae (Petrocelis), stunted Turkish towel (Mastocarpus papillatus) and black turban snails (Tegula funebralis). The circumstances at this location of barnacles, and Endocladia, raise questions about how settlement is accomplished in high, dry conditions, and on top of broad patches of Endocladia that deplete open space. Continue reading Monterey Bay NMS Survey Report, April 4, 2014