Gelidium crinale   (Hare ex Turner) Gaillon,  1828 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Florideophyceae

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Color: Dark purple

Thalli cartilaginous, 2-4 cm, up to 5-6 cm high, cylindrical, filiform in thick tufts, rising from creeping segments, erect portions. Erect position with subnaked base, usually branched in irregular pinnate manner, alternate or opposite, more branches arising from the same place, acute at apices. Tetrasporangia in the terminal portion of the branch, cruciate.

Synonym (s)
Acrocarpus crinalis (Turner) Kutzing, 1843
(Homotypic synonym)
Fucus crinalis Turner, 1811
Gelidium corneum var. crinale (Turner) Greville, 1830
(Homotypic synonym)
Gelidium corneum var. crinalw Greville, 1830
Gelidium spinescens (Kutzing) Zanardini, 1847
(Heterotypic synonym)
Gelidium crinale (Turner) Gaillon, 1828
Gelidium corneum Delf & Michell, 1921
Fucus crinalis Hare ex Turner, 1815
(Homotypic synonym)
Capillaria crinalis (Hare ex Turner) Stackhouse, 1816
(Homotypic synonym)
Gelidium spinescens (Kutzing) Trevisan, 1845
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Raw material in agar production)

Habitat:  Coastal



Literature Source(s)
  • Volsoe, H (1939) Danish scientific investigations in Iran Einar Munksgaard, Copenhagen (part I) 16681 Available at - NIO, RC, Kochi
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  • Wynne, MJ and Freshwater, DW (2004) Gelidium omanense sp. nov. (Gelidiaceae, Rhodophyta) from the Sultanate of Oman Batanica Marina Walter de Gruyter, Berlin.New York 47 64-72 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Bolton, JJ; Oyieke, HA and Gwada, P (2007) The seaweeds of Kenya: Checklist, history of seaweed study, coastal environment, and analysis of seaweed diversity and biogeography South African Journal of Botany 73 76-88 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • 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 -
  • 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
  • (2006) Algaebase Available at -
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