By Robert L. Lippson
For many years, marine scientists Robert and Alice Jane Lippson have traveled the internal Coast—the rivers, backwaters, sounds, bays, lagoons, and inlets stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Florida Keys—aboard their trawler, Odyssey . The end result in their leisurely trips, lifestyles alongside the interior Coast is a guidebook to the vegetation, animals, and habitats present in the most biologically assorted areas on the earth. This dense process of waterways comprises an immense diversity of salinity degrees, from clean to brackish to oceanic, and is host to wildlife that experience tailored to either particular and vast levels of ecological habitats. The Lippsons discover each one habitat, from wooded wetlands, vast marshes, and sandy shorelines, to the loads of piers and pilings thrusting into the waters, to the mammoth shallow waters wealthy in populations of fish, crabs, mollusks, and myriad different marine creatures. They describe greater than 800 species which are fantastically illustrated with meticulous ink drawings and pictures and arranged in response to habitat style and geographic sector. starting from the busy advertisement harbor at Norfolk via substantial expanses of marshlands of the mid-Atlantic to the tropical mangrove islands of Florida, existence alongside the internal Coast bargains readers a wealthy knowing of the relationships among organisms and the place they reside. it's a helpful source for naturalists, scholars, and an individual who lives or holidays alongside the Atlantic internal Coast.
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Sessile animals are a group of unrelated species that must fasten themselves to a hard i nt r o d u c t i o n 17 intertidal flat Line -Tide High eL -Tid Low ine shallows Oyster Reef substrate in order to survive, feed, and reproduce. Most species cannot exist on a soft or shifting substrate; hence attached life is found on just about any submerged object or structure — bulkheads, pilings, ﬂoating docks, mangrove prop roots, crab pots, beer cans, and even ropes dangling in the water. Sessile organisms are quick to colonize and ﬂourish.
They abound in the marshes and other wetlands and even in mangrove swamps. There are over a million species of insects known and undoubtedly some that are not yet known. Insects are primarily terrestrial, although several species live in tidal freshwater and the saltier waters of the Inner Coast. phylum echinodermata: spiny-skinned animals This group of exclusively marine animals (they live only in saltwater) includes the familiar sea stars, sea urchins, and sand dollars. “Echinoderm” means “spiny skinned,” referring to the prickly internal calcareous skeleton that protrudes through the skin.
Acorn worms live in U-shaped burrows in intertidal mudﬂats and sandy and muddy bottoms of shallow waters. There are only a few species of acorn worms in Inner Coast waters. Subphylum Urochordata: Tunicates. Tunicates show chordate characteristics, for example, the primitive notochord that occurs only in their larval stages. Tunicates of the Inner Coast, as adults, are ses- 32 i nt r o d u c t i o n hemichordate Acorn Worm sile animals with a tough outer skin, or tunic. The ubiquitous sea squirt and the sea pork are tunicates.