RHODOPHYTA : NEMALIALES : LiagoraceaeRED ALGAE

Helminthora divaricata (C Agardh) J Agardh


Description: Gametangial plants are attached by discoid holdfast growing to 25 cms in height, well branched and mucilaginous at least when young. Tetrasporangial plants only known in culture.

Habitat: Epilithic on Polyides rotundus or on gravel, shells etc. Sublittoral to 30 m.

Distribution: Generally south-western in the British Isles, but recorded from Scotland including the Shetlands. Europe: Mediterranean, Atlantic coast of France and Denmark.

Similar Species: Nemalion helminthoides has relatively few branches and Helminthocladia calvadosii.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map:  download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)

Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.


 Morton, O. & Picton, B.E., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZM1660

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