Dictyota cervicornis [Status Unaccepted]   Kutzing,  1859 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Phaeophyceae

Size: Height 10-25 cm.

Color: Light brown

Thallus form and type: Frondose, narrow and ribbon type

Substratum: Intertidal, coralline substrata

Occurrence: Lower mid littoral zone

Season: November-April

Thallus bushy; Plants growing in dense tufts, forming entangled mass on account of much twisted and intertwined branches; branches often twisted or spiral, apices pointed, attached to the substratum by means of an inconspicuous holdfast. Upper portion above the holdfast more or less dichotomously branched, becoming rather irregularly dichotomous upwards. Branches broader at the base, 0.08-1.5 cm in breadth, becoming narrower upwards, being 2-4 mm broad, margins entire. One component of the ultimate dichotomies commonly remaining simple, undivided, short anther-like, the other divided dichotomously. Thallus internally composed of superficial layers enveloping a middle layer. Cells of the former squarish, thin-walled, richly provided with chromatophores. Cells of the middle layer, large more or less rectangular, thick-walled, poor in contents. Medulla cells in one layer, rectangular, arranged in rows, surface cells in one layer, 3-5 transversing each medulla cell; surface filaments in tufts, more numerous at margins than central axis, soon deciduous.

Plants bearing only tetrasporangia, the latter scattered on both the surfaces of the branches, forming small groups. Sporangia spherical, sometimes associated with hairs.

Synonym (s)
Dictyota indica Silva et al., 1996
Dictyota indica Sonder ex Kutzing, 1859
(Heterotypic synonym)
Dictyota pardalis Kutzing, 1859
(Heterotypic synonym)
Dictyota bartayresiana f. angustiloba Lamouroux, 1860
(Heterotypic synonym)
Dictyota dichotoma var. curvula P. Crouan & H. Crouan, 1878
(Heterotypic synonym)
Dictyota divaricata (J. Agardh) J. Agardh, 1882
(Heterotypic synonym)
Dictyota fasciola Harvey, 1852
Dictyota bartayresiana var. divaricata J. Agardh, 1994
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Rocky, Coastal


• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Gujarat, Saurashtra (Lat: 21.97) (Long: 70.5) INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha Port INDIA
• Gujarat, Dwarka INDIA
• Gujarat, Porbandar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Gujarat, Kotda INDIA
• Gujarat, Shivrajpur INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA

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