|RHODOPHYTA : GIGARTINALES : Phyllophoraceae||RED ALGAE|
Description: Thalli arising from a small attachment disc to form small fronds which devide dichotomously into flattened branches 10 cms (or more) long. Often with an interrupted midrib formed by cystocarps.
Habitat: Epilithic and on shells, sublittoral to 13 m deep.
Distribution: Generally south-western in the British Isles, south Wales, south-west England, the most northerly records being from Northern Ireland. Europe: Azores, Portugal and Spain. Further afield: Canary Islands, widely in the Pacific.
Similar Species: Specimens without a mid-rib resemble Rhodymenia pseudopalmata.
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: JNCC MNCR Seasearch data - Grid map : Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
|Morton, O. & Picton, B.E., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland |
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