|CHROMOPHYTA : SPHACELARIALES : Stypocaulaceae||BROWN ALGAE|
Description: A small alga up to 10 cms long. Central axis surrounded by a cortex with alternately branched pinnate thalli. Very bushy and rigid.
Habitat: Epilithic and epiphytic in shaded pools of the low littoral and in the sublittoral to 20 m.
Distribution: Recorded from almost all shores of the British Isles but mainly western from the Shetlands to the Channel Islands. Europe: Mediterranean, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic coasts of Spain and France. Further afield: Morocco, Madeira, Salvage Islands, the Canary Islands, Japan, South Africa, Oman and New Zealand.
Similar Species: Sphacelaria plumosa and Stypocaulon scoparium.
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 |
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