Chaetomorpha linum   (O. F. Muller) Kutzing,  1849 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Ulvophyceae

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Size: Filaments 15 to 30 µm broad, 125-210 µm long.

Plants mostly free floating, plant body filamentous, filaments wiry and stiff, unbranched; cell inside the filaments distinct. Cell wall thick appear jointed or articulated with dark green bands; cells constricted at the transverse walls; chloroplast reticulate with many pyrenoids.

Synonym (s)
Chaetomorpha chlorotica (Montagne) Kutzing, 1849
(Heterotypic synonym)
Chaetomorpha crassa Delf & Michell, 1921
(Misapplied name)
Chaetomorpha intestinalis Jadin, 1935
(Misapplied name)
Chaetomorpha natalensis Delf & Michell, 1921
(Misapplied name)
Conferva chlorotica Montagne, 1846
(Heterotypic synonym)
Conferva linum O. F. Muller, 1778
(Homotypic synonym)
Conferva rigida C. Agardh, 1824
(Heterotypic synonym)
Conferva linoides S. F. Gray, 1821
(Heterotypic synonym)
Conferva linoides C. Agardh, 1822
(Homotypic synonym)
Conferva crassa C. Agardh, 1824
(Heterotypic synonym)
Chaetomorpha crassa (C. Agardh) Kutzing, 1845
(Heterotypic synonym)
Chaetomorpha rigida Kutzing, 1845
(Heterotypic synonym)
Chaetomorpha linoides Kutzing, 1847
(Heterotypic synonym)
Lychaete linum (O. F. Muller) J. E. Areschoug, 1851
(Homotypic synonym)
Chaetomorpha linum (O. F. Muller) Kutzing, 1845
Caerea linum Collins,
Chaetomorpha linum f. aerea (Dillwyn) F.S.Collins

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Ecosystem balance
Entangled filaments form a column which provides easily accessible and protected shelter for many fishes and other invertebrates.)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Rocky, Sandy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Producer


• West Bengal, Salt Lake (Lat: 22.58) (Long: 88.42) INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake (Lat: 19.77) (Long: 85.33) INDIA
• Gujarat, Veraval (Lat: 20.9) (Long: 70.37) INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 10) (Long: 73) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin (Lat: 8.78) (Long: 78.13) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Island (Lat: 7.24) (Long: 93.74) INDIA
• Gujarat, Jalleshwar shore (Lat: 20.9) (Long: 70.37) INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha (Lat: 22.47) (Long: 69.08) INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 18/05/2001-21/05/2001, 18/08/2001-21/08/2001, 18/11/2001-21/11/2001)
• Orissa, Bhitarkanika Mangroves (Lat: 20.70) (Long: 87.03) INDIA (Record: 17/02/2005)
• Orissa, Devi River Mouth (Lat: 19.98) (Long: 86.32) INDIA (Record: 16/01/2005)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vellar Estuary INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika lake (Lat: 19.64) (Long: 85.42) INDIA (Record: 12/12/2004, 23/02/2005, 24/02/2005)
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Kerala INDIA (Record: 08/1986-05/1987)
• Karnataka, Honavar INDIA (Record: 01/1985-12/1985)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam INDIA

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