“Phycophily ~ phycophilic, phycophile
:: In biology, thriving in algae-rich habitats or living on algae”
— from Greek (φῦκος) phykos, “seaweed”; and (φιλία) -philia “love”
— ‘Phycology’ is a branch of life science and often is regarded as a subdiscipline of botany
It is low tide. The upper beach is slimed with green algae, slick to the rocks and slippery, after ten rainy days in a row. Enteromorpha, I note in my book, reassured at the ease with which I can recall names I’d thought I’d forgotten. I’m attempting to map the shoreline by tracing the less definable perimeter where the sea and land meet ecologically.
Anywhere that two different habitats converge is marked by changes in flora and fauna. Often a transitional area will include elements of both habitats, intermingling in subtly increasing and decreasing abundances. On rocky shorelines like this one, this ecological zonation is clearest in the seaweed populations. Continue reading