feature (id #24):
Giant Kelp Beds (points)

category kelp
description Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) is a canopy forming kelp. It is a perennial species and occurs in extensive stands, or kelp forests, providing habitat for other marine flora and fauna. This feature includes records previously identified as giant perennial kelp and/or Macrocystis integrifolia.
atlas page view PDF (1.9 MB)
(This item is not in our 2010 printed atlas.)
metadata view online
feature GIS data BCMCA does not have permission to share data for this feature (see data custodians).
Marxan metadata As BCMCA does not use this feature in the analyses, Marxan metadata was not generated for this feature.
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2 comments about this feature

  • The feature data, metadata and atlas page for this feature have been updated to reflect the current scientific name for giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) and incorporate features previously identified as giant perennial kelp.

  • One reviewer has noted that only one species of Macrocystis (Macrocystis pyrifera) is currently recognized and that what is listed here as Giant ‘Perennial’ Kelp is the same species as that shown in the Giant Kelp feature.

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for data layer: Specimen records

custodian — University of British Columbia Herbarium

restrictions — There are restrictions set on BCMCA distributing the raw data, feature data, and Marxan-ready data.

raw data is available at http://www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca/herbarium/index.html

for data layer: Observation

custodian — n/a: Louis Druehl

for data layer: Observation

custodian — n/a: Michael Coon

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