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Algal Rafts (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 463

Biotic Setting Planktonic Biota
Biotic Class Floating/Suspended Plants and Macroalgae
Biotic Subclass Floating/Suspended Macroalgae
Biotic Group Algal Rafts
Biotic Community Gracilaria Rafts
Kelp Rafts
Rockweed Rafts
Sargassum Rafts
Ulva Rafts


Description
Definition Thick mats composed of macroalgae that either float on the surface or are submerged in the water column. Some species primarily float (e.g., Kelp Rafts, Rockweed Rafts, and Sargassum Rafts), while others may both float and sink (e.g., Gracilaria Rafts and Ulva Rafts).