Research Station Carmabi
ID of non coral species: fish, algae and sponges
To identify fish species click the link below
We have compiled a preliminary guide to categorize those communities not covered by classical benthic categories (e.g., macroalgae, corals, sand, sponges etc.). It is preliminary intended to reveal changes on substrates where corals and macroalgae are relative rare. Rather than using corals and macroalgae as indicators of shifts from reef-building to non-reefbuilding species, we believe that shifts from CCA (calcifyers) to turfalgae (non-calcifyers) could be equally (if not more) informative on benthic community dynamics.
The document can be downloaded Substrates of the Caribbean
To identify algal species click the link below
To identify sponge species click the link below