RHODOPHYTA : GIGARTINALES : PhyllophoraceaeRED ALGAE

Phyllophora crispa (Hudson) Dixon


Phyllophora crispa

Description: Fronds erect and flattened to about 1 cm wide and up to 15 cms long, attached by a small discoid holdfast and short stipe. The parallel sided blades branch dichotomously with joints between the blade. New blades often grow from old blades or surface of the midrib.

Habitat: Not uncommon. Epilithic in well shaded pools of the low littoral and in the sublittoral to 30 m deep.

Distribution: Widespread around the British Isles from the Shetlands to the Channel Islands. Europe: Portugal, Spain, France, the Baltic, Norway, Faroes and Iceland. Further afield: Canary Islands.

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=ZM5840

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