A comparison of epiphytes on Bangia atropurpurea (Rhodophyta) and Cladophora glomerata (Chlorophyta) from northern Lake Michigan
Lowe, R.; Rosen, B.; Kingston, J.
Journal of Great Lakes research(1): 164-168
ISSN/ISBN: 0380-1330 DOI: 10.1016/s0380-1330(82)71954-9
SEM studies have demonstrated the three-dimensional structure of the epiphyte community on Cladophora and mechanisms of epiphyte attachment. Common epiphytes on Cladophora in Grand Traverse Bay include the green alga Ulothrix sp. and the diatom species Cocconeis pediculus Ehr., Diatoma vulgare Bory, Gomphonema olivaceum (Lyngb.) Kutz., and Rhoicosphenia curvata (Kutz.) Grun. Thus, the tremendous area of substrate provided by Cladophora glomerata (L.) Kutz. may provide habitat for a community potentially important to the littoral area. In contrast, Bangia supported numerous bacteria, but 103 fewer algal epiphytes were noted than occurred on Cladophora.