The Ocean's Rose
Pugetia fragilissima & Pugetia
The soft, red, and
undivided blades of Pugetia make it one the ocean's most
delicate and exquisite genuses of algae. Many Pugetia species
grow in temperate waters throughout the world. This site focuses on
the two species found within Monterey Bay, California:
Pugetia fragilissima and Pugetia firma.
This site is an exploration of Pugetia's biology within the
context of its greater ecological role. To compete in the cold nutrient
rich waters of Monterey, these two algae species have developed a
variety of adaptations allowing them to secure both living space and
sufficient light for photosynthesis. Very little research has been
previously conducted on Pugetia, making this site one of
the first comprehensive studies on this beautiful genus of weeds.
Many new questions and potential areas of research are discussed,
illustrating just how much still remains to be learned about Pugetia
and many of the other weeds thriving in Monterey Bay.
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