Report - Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity (AEBR)
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Coralline red algae play vital roles in coastal ecosystems providing structurally complex, food-rich habitats for small invertebrates, influencing settlement of other algae and invertebrates, and serving as seed banks for algal life stages. They are vulnerable to impacts from human activities, and as calcified organisms, to the complex interactions of global climate processes. New research approaches have revealed very high diversity in New Zealand coralline species, many of which are unnamed.