WhyReef - Fun Facts
Turf algae are a very important part of the reef. They are a community of different types of filamentous (stringy) and fleshy algae. They produce much of the food that is eaten on the reef, and also provide a home for many of the small animals that live on the reef. Without them, life on the reef wouldn’t be possible!
The Ecology of Turf Algae, Linda Preskitt. Department of Botany. University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. PDF file