Heteromorphic algal life histories: The seasonal pattern and response to herbivory of the brown crust, Ralfsia californica

@article{Dethier1981HeteromorphicAL,
  title={Heteromorphic algal life histories: The seasonal pattern and response to herbivory of the brown crust, Ralfsia californica},
  author={Megan N. Dethier},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1981},
  volume={49},
  pages={333-339}
}
Little is known about the natural history of crustose phases of heteromorphic algae. A qualitative model describing their life history strategies has hypothesized that the morphologies and seasonal occurrences of the two phases evolved largely in response to variable grazing pressure. Crustose phases are predicted to occur when grazing is intense, and erect phases when grazing is reduced. The brown algal crust Ralfsia calfornica, which is the non-obligatory alternate phase of Scytosiphon… CONTINUE READING
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