RHODOPHYTA : GRACILARIALES : GracilariaceaeRED ALGAE

Gracilaria bursa-pastoris (S Gmelin) P Silva


Gracilaria bursa-pastoris

Description: Growing in tufts to 30 cms long, much branched usually simply forked or alternate rarely opposite. Somewhat compressed, but not flat.

Habitat: Epilithic in the upper sublittoral.

Distribution: Some records from the south and west of Ireland however generally confined to southern coasts of England between Cornwall and Sussex. Europe: Mediterranean, Portugal, Atlantic coast of Spain. Further afield: Senegal, the Cape Verde Isles, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Singapore, Japan, China, Hawaiian Islands, Florida, Mexico, Caribbean, Cuba and Brazil.

Similar Species: Gracilaria gracilis is said to be "elastic". Dried specimens are difficult to distinguish.

Distribution Map from NBN: Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.



 Morton, O. & Picton, B.E. (2016). Gracilaria bursa-pastoris (S Gmelin) P Silva. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland.
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZM5460 Accessed on 2017-10-20

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