Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany

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Distribution I Morphology I Ecology I Kelp Coverage I Strength I Reproduction I Acknowledgments I Home

view of kelp forest

Reaching upwards from the rocky floor, the giant kelp canopy shadows the wondrous forest below.  Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera), a brown alga, is the Redwood of the ocean.  It is a magnificent giant that plays a key role in the ecology of the kelp forest.  The different regions of the kelp play host to a wide variety of  fish and invertebrates.  This underwater forest is like no other forest you have ever seen.

Distribution I Morphology I Ecology I Kelp Coverage I Strength I Reproduction I Acknowledgments I Home

Copyright 2001:  James Lopez

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Last updated: Feb. 05, 2009