A grasslike plant that lives in or close to the sea, especially eelgrass.
- Genera Cymodocea (family Cymodoceaceae), Zostera (family Zosteraceae), and others.
- Autecological studies on seagrasses have documented that seagrass distribution is strongly related to physiology and growth characteristics, including water depth and salinity zonation.
- Some are herbivores, grazing on the filamentous algae covering coral reefs, and a few eat seagrasses and algae on reef flats.
- The nutrient-enriched water causes an explosive growth of tiny plants and animals that coat the leaves of the seagrasses.
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