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Algae 2007;22(1): 45-52. doi: https://doi.org/10.4490/algae.2007.22.1.045
Algal Communities and Useful Seaweed Distribution at Gangnung and It’s Vicinity in East Coast of Korea
Chul Hyun Sohn1*, Chang Geun Choi2 and Hyung Geun Kim3

1Department of Aquaculture, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737, Korea
2Research Institute of Marine Science and Technology, Korea Maritime University, Busan 606-791, Korea
3Faculty of Marine Bioscience and Technology, Kangnung National University, Kangnung 210-702, Korea
*Corresponding Author  Email: alpasohn@hanmail.net
An intertidal marine benthic algal vegetation and vertical distribution at Kangnung and it’s vicinity, the eastern coast of Korea was investigated to clarify the community structure and vertical distribution by quadrat method. Marine algae identified from the area were 116 species; 15 green, 31 brown and 70 red algae. The dominant species were Ulva pertusa, Codium fragile, Undaria pinnatifida, Dictyota dichotoma, Gelidium amansii, Corallina pilulifera, Carpopeltis affinis, Grateloupia filicina, Pachymeniopsis elliptica and Chondrus ocellatus at study sites. The vertical distribution of intertidal marine algae was divided into three distinct zones. They were characterized by Porphyra tenera at the upper, Enteromorpha spp. and Ulva pertusa at the middle, and Sargassum thunbergii, Hizikia fusiformis and Pachymeniopsis elliptica at the lower zones, respectively. The vertical distribution of subtidal zone algae were characterized by Laminaria spp. at 15m depth and Kjellmaniella crassifolia at 15 to 25 m depths, whereas Agarum cribrosum was dominant at the lower zone than 25 m depth.
Key words: community, dominant, intertidal, subtidal, vertical distribution

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