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dc.contributor.authorKeats, Derek
dc.contributor.authorManeveldt, Gavin
dc.identifier.citationKeats, D.W. & Maneveldt, G.W. (1994). Leptophytum foveatum Chamberlain & Keats (Rhodophyta, Corallinales) retaliates against overgrowth by other encrusting algae. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 175(2): 243-251en_US
dc.description.abstractThe encrusting coralline alga, Leptophytum foveatum, is the most abundant crustose alga in the lower eulittoral zone at Yzerfontein and other exposed sites on the West Coast of South Africa. The surface of this species is usually imbricate (appears scaly) as a result of the aparently spontaneous regeneration of margins at the surface of the thallus. The thicker, fleshy, brown crustose alga, Ralfsia verrucosa, usually overgrows the margins of the thinner L. foveatum; however, L. foveatum counteracts this overgrowth by regenerating margins at the thallus surface, and these are able to grow up and over the encroaching margin of R. verrucosa. Experiments in which these regenerated margins were removed showed that the regenerated margins are able to slow or stop the encroachment of R. verrucosa. It is suggested that the regeneration of thallus margins at the surface, away from the primary thallus margin, allows L. foveatum to maintain the advantages of being thin (e.g. more rapid lateral growth), but also gain some of the advantages of being thick (e.g. improved competitive ability).en_US
dc.rights© 1994 Elsevier.
dc.subjectCoralline algaeen_US
dc.subjectCrustose algaeen_US
dc.subjectFunctional morphologyen_US
dc.subjectLittoral zoneen_US
dc.titleLeptophytum foveatum Chamberlain & Keats (Rhodophyta, Corallinales) retaliates against overgrowth by other encrusting algaeen_US
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