Lizard Island Field Guide: Description of Turtle weed (species: Chlorodesmis fastigiata)

Turtle weed

Turtle Weed at Day Reef

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Plantae: species
Chlorodesmis fastigiata

Common names

Turtle weed



Australian distribution: Turtle weed (Chlorodesmis fastigiata) © Atlas of Living Australia
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Scientific data sources

Bibliographic references

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  • Birrell, C.L. (2003). Influences of benthic algae on coral settlement and post-settlement survival: implications for the recovery of disturbed and degraded reefs, M.Sc. thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 851
  • Birrell, C.L., L.J. McCook, B.L. Willis and L. Harrington (2008). Chemical effects of macroalgae on larval settlement of the broadcast spawning coral Acropora millepora, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 362: 129-137. LIRS catalog number 1183
  • Burdon-Jones, C. and G.R.W. Denton (1981). Metals in marine organisms from the Great Barrier Reef Province. Part 1. Base line surveyInterim Progress Report, James Cook University, Townsville.. LIRS catalog number 69
  • Denton, G.R.W. and C. Burdon-Jones (1986). Trace metals in algae from the Great Barrier Reef, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 17(3): 98-107. LIRS catalog number 212
  • Hay, M.E., J.R. Pawlik, J.E. Duffy and W. Fenical (1989). Seaweed-herbivore-predator interactions: host-plant specialization reduces predation on small herbivores, Oecologia, 81: 418-427. LIRS catalog number 276
  • Hoey, A.S. (2010). The ecosystem role of macroalgal browsing fishes on coral reefs., PhD thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 1415
  • Hoey, A.S. and D.R. Bellwood (2009). Limited functional redundancy in a high diversity system:single species dominates key ecological processon coral reefs, Ecosystems, doi: 10.1007: s10021-009. LIRS catalog number 1270
  • Hoey, A.S. and D.R. Bellwood (2009). Among-habitat variation in herbivory on Sargassum sp(p). on a mid-shelf reef in the northern Great Barrier Reef, Marine Biology, doi 10.1007: s00227-009. LIRS catalog number 1271
  • Price, I.A., A.W.D. Larkum and A. Bailey (1976). Appendix: Check list of marine benthic plants collected in the Lizard Island area, Australian Journal of Plant Physiology, 3: 3-8. LIRS catalog number 191