Myriogloea sciurus   (Harvey) Kuckuck ex Oltmanns,  1922 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Phaeophyceae

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Color: Dark olive or dark brown or blackish-brown.

Plants attached by small disc-like holdfast. Thallus 30-50 cm or more in length, 1-2 mm thick; at first simple, later with alternate or irregularly scattered branches. Branches similar to the primary frond, also simple; branches issuing near the base of the main frond up to 50 cm in length; in older parts branches with a few ramuli. Thallus, completely covered with thick hair-like filaments. Structure of thallus, in the middle with string of long filaments. Filaments with barrel-shaped cells, 12-27 µ broad, about 1 ½ times as long. Filaments in the middle core of thallus, thick, nearly straight, branched with few chromatphores. At periphery, filaments bent outwards, branched to the exterior. Free ends of main filaments pass on to long hairs with chromatophores. Hairs 15 µ broad.

Plurilocular sporangia in large numbers, terminal on short side branches of filaments, bending out at periphery, oval to sub-cylindrical, with broadly rounded apex, transversely and longitudinally divided by walls, 85 µ long, 19 µ broad, rarely 23 µ broad.

Synonym (s)
Myriocladia sciurus Harvey, 1858
(Homotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Rocky, Coastal


• Gujarat, Okha Port (Lat: 22.45) (Long: 69.07) INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Gujarat, Dwarka (Lat: 20.37) (Long: 69.08) INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha Port (Lat: 22.48) (Long: 69.1) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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