Rhizoclonium tortuosum   (Dillwyn) Kutzing,  1845 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Ulvophyceae

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Color: Green

Filaments slender, contorted, forming mats; cells 30-45 μm in diameter, almost equal to or 2-3 times as long as broad, cell-wall fairly thick, and lamellate.

Reproduction is general for group: asexual reproduction may be by fission (splitting), fragmentation or by zoospores (motile spores). Sexual reproduction may be isogamous (gametes both motile and same size); anisogamous (both motile and different sizes-female bigger) or oogamous (female non-motile and egglike; male motile).

Synonym (s)
Chaetomorpha capillaris (Kutzing) Borgesen, 1925
Chaetomorpha ligustica (Kutzing) Kutzing, 1849
Chaetomorpha tortuosa Kutzing, 1849
Chaetomorpha tortuosa Silva, 1996
Cladophora tortuosa Kutzing, 1849
Conferva ligustica Kutzing, 1843
Conferva tortuosa Dillwyn, 1805
(Homotypic synonym)
Lola capillaris (Kutzing) G. Hamel, 1931
Lola capillaris Silva, 1996
Lola tortuosa (Dillwyn) V. Chapman, 1953
Rhizoclonium capillare Kutzing, 1847
Rhizoclonium juergensi (Mertens) Kutzing, 1843

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal
Trophic Level:  Producer


• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai (Lat: 13.09) (Long: 80.29) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 8) (Long: 93.5) INDIA
• Kerala, Tangasseri INDIA (Record: 06/2003-05/2004)
• Kerala, Thirumullavaram INDIA (Record: 06/2003-05/2004)
• Kerala, Neendakara INDIA (Record: 06/2003-05/2004)
• Kerala, Ashtamudi Estuary INDIA (Record: 06/2003-05/2004)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Sahoo, D; Nivedita and Debasish (2001) Seaweeds of Indian coast S. B. Nangia, A. P. H. Publishing Corporation, New Delhi 283 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • RJ, Patel (1971) Cytotaxonomical studies on Rhizoclonium spp.-Rhizoclonium implexum (Dillw.) Kutz. and Rhizoclonium tortuosum (Dillw.) Kutz. Seaweeds Research and Utilization 1 40042 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Salim, KM (1964) The distribution of marine algae along Karachi coast Botanica Marina Cram, De Gruyter and Co. Hamburg, Germany 7 183-197 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Silva, PC; Basson, PW and Moe, RL (1996) Catalogue of the benthic marine algae of the Indian Ocean University of California Press 79 1259 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Oza, RM and Zaidi, SH (2001) A revised checklist of Indian marine algae Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sulekha, S and Panikkar, MVN (2006) Marine green algal flora of Kollam Coast, Kerala, South India Seaweed Research and Utilisation Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association and Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute 28(1) 5-21 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • (2006) Algaebase Available at - http://www.algaebase.org/
  • Krishnamurthy, V (2006) Key to the taxonomic identification of green and brown marine algae of India Recent advances on applied aspects of Indian marine algae with reference to global scenario. Seaweed taxonomic identification, aquaculture, resource, environment, fouling and disease Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar 1 1-146 Available at - NIO, Goa

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