Champia compressa   Harvey,  1838 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Florideophyceae

Size: Plant 3-5 cm in height.

The highly branched plant are small, erect forming clusters. Thalli are highly mucilaginous and in color; fronds are articulated, compressed to flattened and vary in width from 3-5 mm. Branching is more or less bipinnate in the lower portion, bearing irregular to verticillate in the upper region. Branches are distinctly attenuated at the point of origin and expanded above with obtuse tips. The barrel shaped segments are short, 1-1.5 mm long and 3-5 mm broad.

Transverse section of the hollow compressed thallus shows an one layered wall of more or less squarish to barrel-shaped cells, 49-60 µm x 44-53 µm and with a thick mucilagenous sheath. Few smaller cortical cells 32-37 µm in diameter are seen here and there. Vertical filament are mostly unbranched, uniserriate and run close to the walls or at times lie free in the cavity also. Cells of the filament are 11-19 µm wide. Gland cells arising from the vertical filament are 8-15 µm in diameter, thin walled and with dense content; tetrasporic and cystocarpic plants are morphologically identical.

Tetrasporangia occur aggregated in well marked transverse bands both on the main axis and branches. Tetrasporangia are ovoid and 80-100 µm x 70-75 µm. Tetraspores are tetrahedrally arranged, pyramidal in shape and 55-75 µm in diameter. Prominently protruding cystocarps are sub-conical in shape with a distinct ostiole and are up to 1500 µm long and 1200 µm broad. One to three cystocarps are seen on each segment. Carpospores are pyriform in shape, produced in terminal carposporangia and measure 44-70 µm x 30-37 µm.

Synonym (s)
Gastridium zonatum Suhr, 1834
(Heterotypic synonym)
Corinaldia compressa (Harvey) Trevisan, 1848
(Homotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Rocky


• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Gujarat, Saurashtra (Lat: 21.97) (Long: 70.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Maharashtra, Konkan Coast (Lat: 18.08) (Long: 73.42) INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Kerala, Kovalam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin (Lat: 8.78) (Long: 78.13) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Colaba INDIA (Record: 09/1997-11/1998)
• Tamil Nadu, Alantalai-Manapad INDIA (Record: 03/1988)
• Tamil Nadu, Vembar-Nallatanni Tivu INDIA (Record: 03/1988)
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai INDIA
• Gujarat, Veraval INDIA
• Gujarat, Shivrajpur INDIA
• Gujarat, Porbandar INDIA
• Gujarat, Kotda INDIA
• Gujarat, Dwarka INDIA

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