Dark Sea LettuceUlvaria Obscura
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FACT: As a type of algae, this Dark Sea Lettuce is often found on beaches along the West Coast.
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Ulvaria obscura is an intertidal and subtidal benthic marine algae found in temperate and Arctic ocean waters around the world. Ulvaria obscura is a common marine algae, typically identified in algal blooms referred to as “Green Tides”. The species is distinct in its ability to produce the neurotransmitter dopamine as a herbivore defense mechanism. The species has a wide tolerance to various growth conditions, surviving temperatures between 5-29 °C, salinities from freshwater to […] read more