Asparagopsis taxiformis   (Delile) Trevisan de Saint-Leon,  1845 (Algae)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Plantae
Phylum:Rhodophyta
Class: Florideophyceae
Order:Bonnemaisoniales
Family:Bonnemaisoniaceae

Image copyrights: University of the Azores

Description
Color: Dark red to violet, tannish-pink, brown or olive; reddish brown, purplish red.

Thallus form and type: Fronds with brush-like tufts

Substratum: Bed rocks

Occurrence: Sub littoral zones

Season: February-April

Abundance: Scanty

Plants 6-10 cm tall, creeping holdfast giving rise to erect blades; stipe soft, smooth and nude without branches or blades; all branches located at top of stipe; branching plume-like appearing as soft feathery tufts. Stem terete, densely and irregularly clothed with numerous penicillate long, taper-pointed, soft delicate and plumose branchlets. Central medulla with an axial cell. Ultimate ramuli filiform, curved or coiled inwards.

Cystocarps broadly ovoid, sub-sessile, urceolate, opposite to branchlet. Spermatangiophore clavate, sporophytic generation microscopic.


Synonym (s)
Asparagopsis delilei Montagne, 1841
Asparagopsis delilei Silva et al., 1996
Asparagopsis sandfordiana Harvey, 1855
Asparagopsis sanfordiana Silva et al., 1996
Asparagopsis taxiformis (Delile) Trevisan, 1845
Dasya delilei Montagne, 1841
Falkenbergia hillebrandii (Bornet) Falkenberg, 1901
Falkenbergia hillebrandii Silva et al., 1996
Fucus taxiformis Delile, 1813
Polysiphonia hillebrandii Bornet in Ardissone, 1883
Asparagopsis sanfordiana Harvey, 1855
Lictoria taxiformis (Delile) J.Agardh, 1841
Polysiphonia hillebrandii Bornet, 1883

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Human food)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.22) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari (Lat: 8.08) (Long: 77.54) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti (Lat: 10.57) (Long: 72.62) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti (Lat: 10.83) (Long: 72.2) INDIA
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 8) (Long: 75) INDIA
• Gujarat, Dwarka Coast (Lat: 18.17) (Long: 66.17) INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Gujarat, Saurashtra (Lat: 21.97) (Long: 70.5) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha (Lat: 22.48) (Long: 69.1) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam (Lat: 9.28) (Long: 79.12) INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 11) (Long: 72.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai (Lat: 13.09) (Long: 80.29) INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha Port INDIA
• BANGLADESH
• INDIA
• KUWAIT
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• MADAGASCAR
• MALDIVES
• MAURITIUS
• PAKISTAN
• SEYCHELLES
• Gujarat, Saurashtra Coast INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha Reef INDIA
• Gujarat, Adatra Reef INDIA
• Gujarat, Hanumandandi Reef INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Gujarat, Dwarka INDIA
• Goa INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar, Pudumadam INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bassas de Pedro (Lat: 13.5) (Long: 72.58) INDIA (Record: 12/1988) (Depth: 18-70 mts)
• Lakshadweep, Cora Divh (Lat: 13.75) (Long: 72.25) INDIA (Record: 12/1988) (Depth: 18-70 mts)
• Lakshadweep, Sesostris (Lat: 12.91) (Long: 72.08) INDIA (Record: 12/1988) (Depth: 18-70 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Idinthakarai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu , Kovalam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Muttam INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Suheli INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Maharashtra, Angria Bank (Lat: 16.45) (Long: 72.08) INDIA
• Gujarat, Veraval INDIA
• Gujarat, Samiani Island INDIA

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