Sargassum Ecology

SARGASSUM SEA ECOLOGY

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Patches of floating Sargassum algae provide a haven for thousands of organisms, far more than can be captured in one illustration.  Though I have tried to show a reasonable sampling.  In addition to the juvenile loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) this picture also features:

A sargassum anglerfish (Histrio histrio)

A sargassum pipefish (Syngnathus pelagicus)

A planehead filefish (Stephanolepis hispidus)

A juvenile sargassum triggerfish (Xanthichthys ringens)

A sargassum crab (Portunus sayi)

Five sargassum sea slugs (Scyllaea pelagica)

Two sargassum shrimp

Two sargassum sea spiders

Several sargassum feather hydroids

Numerous tube-dwelling worms (the little white coils on the leaves)

 

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