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Term Seagrass meadows
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Strips of marine plants located in the sandy bottoms of shallow, well-lit and quiet waters. In the Caribbean, there are eight species of plants which form this type of grassland, the most common are turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum), manatee grass (Syringodium filiforme) and shoal grass (Halodule wrightii).

Seagrass beds serve as a habitat and food source for marine organisms. Despite the fact that few animals graze the leaves of these pastures directly, the epiphyte communities that they sustain (bacteria, diatoms and algae) serve as food to small animals. Sea turtles and parrotfish are among the few animals that feed directly from the meadows, while the conch (Strombus gigas) feed off the epiphyte communities.

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PhotoSeagrass meadows
Topic  BiodiversityResources coastal / marine