Aquascope Facts

Cliff and rocky beach ecology

Simplified food web on an exposed rocky beach

Food web on an exposed cliff
The thickness of the arrows indicate how important that particular link is. Compare with the simplified picture of the food web on a protected rocky beach. By clicking on the picture you can find out more about different organisms.

Cliffs and rocks are fantastic!
Zoning and flecked occurrence
Animals that are attached
Modular construction
Variation and change
Variations in water level
Wave exposure
Both cliffs and rocks
Freshwater and saltwater
Geography, climate and history
Organisms life cycles
Organisms effect on each other
Energy and the flow of material

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