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Arctic Marine Cold Water HabitatsArctic Marine Cold Water Habitats
Seafloor communities in general depend on food supplied from the water column above. It is the food supply and not the cold water temperatures per se that appear to restrain growth and survival of the seafloor animals in the Arctic. Specific habitats can be formed by the mineral of substrates as well as free-living (not attached to the substrate) organisms such as coralline algae in the Order Corallinales, which can form Rhodolith reefs. Such reefs are e.g. found in the Kongsfjord in Northern Norway.
Available online at: http://bio.classes.ucsc.edu/bio120/Lecture%20notes/Rhodolith_4.pdf
Shorthorn sculpin (Myoxocephalus scorpius), Rhodolith Reef, Kongsfjord, Finmark, Northern Norway
Rhodolith Reef, Kongsfjord, Finmark, Northern Norway
Wolffish lair, Rhodolith Reef, Kongsfjord, Finmark, Northern Norway
Plumose Anemone (Metridium senile), Rhodolith Reef, Kongsfjord, Finmark, Northern Norway
Common Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita), Rhodolith Reef, Kongsfjord, Finmark, Northern Norway
Common Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita), Rhodolith Reef, Kongsfjord, Finmark, Northern Norway
Common Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita), Rhodolith Reef, Kongsfjord, Finmark, Northern Norway
Sea dahlias (Urticina eques), Rhodolith Reef, Kongsfjord, Finmark, Northern Norway