By J. D. Fish, S. Fish (auth.)
At one time or one other, we've all been drawn via the fascination of the beach. For the vacation maker, the enjoyable day by way of the ocean frequently seems to be a such a lot lucrative foray between rock swimming pools and dense canopies of seaweed; for naturalists and scholars, the shore is without doubt one of the such a lot difficult habitats. no matter what our pursuits and services, one among our first goals while confronted with the range of plant and animal existence at the shore is to call the person specimens and we quick examine that this is a tricky, although lucrative, career. as soon as an organism has been pointed out, a couple of questions obviously stick with. what's its life-cycle? How does it feed and reproduce? How lengthy does it stay? The solutions to such questions provide an perception into the lives of the crops and animals of the shore and are one of many first steps in an comprehend ing of the complexity of the shore atmosphere. even though, the data required to reply to such questions isn't regularly simply obtainable or even whilst it really is identified it's always scattered in a variety of books and learn journals making it tough and time eating to discover. even supposing numerous id keys and publications is offered, a few designed for the professional, others for the novice, such texts mostly supply little, if any, info at the biology of the organisms.
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Tentacles, sometimes very long, on undersurface. Jack Sail by-the-Wind, Portugese Man o'War (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) . page 102 2. Body saucer- or bell-shaped with arms and tentacles trailing from undersurface. Just below surface of sea. Jellyfishes (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa) . page 83 28 ILLUSTRATED GUIDE 3. Globular or thimble-shaped body. May have pair of long, trailing tentacles. Just below surface of sea. Sea-gooseberries (Ctenophora) .. page 122 Group 9. Fishes 1. Body varies in shape from eel- like to that of typical fish with conspicuous fins, gill covers, head and tail.
Olive-brown in colour. Up to 1 m or more in length. F. serratus is widely distributed and often abundant in north-west Europe but absent from the most exposed shores. It is found on the lower shore, often in a distinct zone below Ascophyllum nodosum (p. 46) and Fucus vesiculosus (p. 49). It is dioecious and has a life-span of up to about three years. In sheltered waters the fronds of F. serratus often support a rich epifauna, including sponges, hydroids, bryozoans and the polychaete, Spirorbis spirorbis (p.
F. serratus is widely distributed and often abundant in north-west Europe but absent from the most exposed shores. It is found on the lower shore, often in a distinct zone below Ascophyllum nodosum (p. 46) and Fucus vesiculosus (p. 49). It is dioecious and has a life-span of up to about three years. In sheltered waters the fronds of F. serratus often support a rich epifauna, including sponges, hydroids, bryozoans and the polychaete, Spirorbis spirorbis (p. 179). It has been shown that fronds with heavy encrustrations have a reduced rate of photosynthesis.