Sargassum cinctum   J. Agardh,  1848 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Phaeophyceae

Blades lanceolate with sparcely serrate margin and obtuse apex.

Thallus form and type: Foliose and bushy

Substratum: Intertidal rocks

Occurrence: Infra littoral fringe and sub littoral zone, tide pools

Season: November-April

Abundance: Dominant

Plants dark brown in color, up to 50 cm long, arising from disc like holdfasts; primary branches terete but compressed near the nodes; leaves linear-lanceolate or ovate, 0.3-2.5 cm long, 3-7 mm broad, serrate with obtuse apices and asymmetrical bases, costate, vesicles oval with flat winged petioles and long leaf like apicules, receptacles 5-10 mm long in racemose branches, serrate, spiny, ancipate-triquatrous and twisted.

Synonym (s)
Carpacanthus cinctus (J. Agardh) G. Martens, 1868
(Homotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(The species of Sargassum are harvested from wild and used for alginate production in India. Another note worthy product from Sargassum in India is liquid seaweed fertilizer.)



• Gujarat, Jalleshwar shore (Lat: 20.9) (Long: 70.37) INDIA
• Gujarat, Porbandar (Lat: 21.63) (Long: 69.6) INDIA
• Gujarat, Saurashtra (Lat: 21.97) (Long: 70.5) INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Gujarat, Dwarka INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Gujarat, Porbandar INDIA
• Gujarat, Shivrajpur INDIA
• Gujarat, Veraval INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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