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Estuarine hardbottom community

Consolidated substrate

Natural Communities of Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve
Community Type Description
Consolidated Substrate Solidified rock or shell conglomerates which include coquina, limerock or relic mollusk reef materials and may be sparsely inhabited by animal and plant species.
Unconsolidated Substrate Expansive, relatively open areas of subtidal, intertidal, and supratidal zones which lack dense populations of sessile plant and animal species.
Mollusk Reef Expansive concentrations of sessile mollusks occurring in intertidal and subtidal zones.
Octocoral Bed Large populations of soft corals, such as gorgonians, sea fans, sea feathers, seap pansies, sea plumes, sea rods and sea whips.
Sponge Bed Dense populations of sponges, such as branching candle sponge, Florida loggerhead sponge and sheepswool sponge.
Algal Bed Large populations of macro- or micro-algae.
Seagrass Beds Expansive stands of vascular plants that occur in subtidal (rarely intertidal) zones, in clear, coastal waters where wave energy is moderate.
Estuarine Tidal Marsh Expanses of grasses, rushes and sedges along coastlines of low wave energy and river mouths.
Estuarine Tidal Swamp Dense, low forests occurring along relatively flat shorelines of low wave energy.
Composite Substrate Combinations of natural communities such as seagrass or algal beds with small patches of consolidated or unconsolidated substrate.
Seagrass bed

Seagrass bed (turtle grass)






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