RHODOPHYTA : GIGARTINALES : CystocloniaceaeRED ALGAE

Rhodophyllis divaricata (Stackhouse) Papenfuss


Description: Thallus rising from a discoid holdfast forming a thin blade up to 12 cms long, irregularly dichotomously branched but very variable. Often branching from the margins.

Habitat: Epilithic and epiphytic, very rare in the littoral but apparently not uncommon in the sublittoral to depths of 30 m.

Distribution: Widespread in the British Isles including the Shetlands and Channel Islands, but very rare on the eastern shores of England. Europe: Mediterranean, Azores, Portugal, Spain, France and the Baltic. Further afield: Canary Islands .

Similar Species: Other flat membranous species may be easily confused.

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=ZM6930

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