Temperate Pacific Intertidal Mudflat

Coastal mudflats are found along the north Pacific Coast from Cook Inlet, Alaska, south to central California. Mudflats form a narrow band along oceanic inlets, and are more extensive at the mouths of larger rivers. Algae are the dominant plants on mudflats where little vascular vegetation is present due to the daily (in some cases twice daily) tidal flooding of salt or brackish water. Characteristic species include vaucheria and sea-lettuce. For more information, see NatureServe Explorer.

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