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The Utilization of Seagrass Meadows by Fishery Organisms

  • W. J. Kenworthy
  • G. W. Thayer
  • M. S. Fonseca

Abstract

Seagrasses are a closely related group of 50 species of monocotyledonous angiosperms divided between two families and 12 genera which have evolved the characteristics required to colonize successfully the world’s shallow coastal zone (den Hartog, 1970). Seagrasses are the only vascular plants that can complete their entire life cycle fully submerged in a saline environment and are distinguished by their erect, linear grass-like leaves which extend from a rhizome that is usually anchored in unconsolidated sediments by an extensive root system (Figure 45.1). To obtain sufficient light energy for photosynthesis these plants grow in relatively shallow water.

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  • W. J. Kenworthy
  • G. W. Thayer
  • M. S. Fonseca

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