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International Journal on Algae
SJR: 0.219 SNIP: 0.261 CiteScore™: 0.24

ISSN Imprimir: 1521-9429
ISSN En Línea: 1940-4328

International Journal on Algae

DOI: 10.1615/InterJAlgae.v9.i4.60
pages 365-383

Macrophytobenthos of the Black Sea coast of the Kerch peninsular (Crimea, Ukraine)

S. Ye. Sadogurskiy
Nikitsky Botanical Gardens− National Sci. Center, Nikita, Yalta 98648, Crimea


The data on spatial distribution and qualitative and quantitative composition of macrophytobenthos are presented by the results of investigations carried out in 2004 at Cape Ak-Burun (Crimea: priority site Takyl; the Black Sea). Variations in values of indices along the coast and in the depths of the Black Sea are characterized. In all, 68 species of macroalgae were registered: Chlorophyta − 13 (19%), Phaeophyta − 19 (28%), and Rhodophyta − 42 (62%). The benthos vegetation biomass reaches 0.7 − 1 kg·m−2 in pseudolittoral (32 species of algae) and 1.5 − 7 kg·m−2 in sublittoral (64 species of algae). It is prudent to distinguish two subzones within the pseudolittoral zone. Algoflora is of a highly expressed oligosaprobic character. As to the quantity of species, the algae with short-vegetating periods are the dominants, as for biomass − the perennial algae predominate. The water area is recommended to be included into the Nature Reserve Fund.