Laminaria saccharina (Linnaeus) Lamouroux

Laminaria saccharina

Description: Thallus up to 4 m long, attached to rock by strong terete stipe and haptera. Long leathery blade, unbranched and without a midrib about 15 cms wide, flat but wrinkly with wavy margins.

Habitat: Common and abundant. In low littoral rock pools and the sublittoral to below 20 m.

Distribution: Widespread all around the shores of the British Isles from the Shetlands to the Channel Islands. Europe: Portugal, Atlantic coasts of Spain and France, Netherlands, Helgoland, Baltic Sea, Norway, Sweden, Faroes, Jan Mayen and Bjornoya, Spitzbergen and Iceland. Greenland. Atlantic coast of North America: Canada, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connetricut and Long Island, Pacific coast of North America fron Alaska to California.

Similar Species: Alaria esculenta has a midrib.

Key Identification Features:

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

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.

iNaturalist: Species account : iNaturalist World Species Observations database

 Morton, O. & Picton, B.E. (2016). Laminaria saccharina (Linnaeus) Lamouroux. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2024-02-24

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