Story: Life in fresh water

Deep-water mosses

Deep-water mosses

These deep-water mosses (top) are from Lake Wakatipu in Otago. They belong to a fairly rare group known as deep-water bryophytes (mosses and liverworts). In New Zealand they are found in a small number of South Island clear water lakes, including Wakatipu, where they can grow at depths of 60 metres.

Mary de Winton (lower image) takes a sample of bryophytes from around 40 metres deep in Lake Wakatipu.

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Roger Young, 'Life in fresh water - Plants and recyclers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 October 2022)

Story by Roger Young, published 24 Sep 2007