Dasya baillouviana   (S. G. Gmelin) Montagne,  1841 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Florideophyceae

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Red colour results from the dominance of the pigments phycoerythrin and phycocyanin; this masks the other pigments, chlorophyll a (no chlorophyll b), beta-caratene and a number of unique xanthophylls.

Thallus erect or undulating, delicate, fluffy, soft; branching alternate, generally sparse; branches slippery, slimy, long, gracefull, densely covered by fine branchlets, base often denuded; holdfast small, inconspicuous, disc-like. Main branches corticated; branchlets filamentous.

Vegetative reproduction is rare; asexual reproduction is effected by the formation of various kinds of spores; Sexual reproduction is unique in this group due to their passive, non flagellated sperm cells (spermatia).

Synonym (s)
Fucus baillouviana S. Gmelin, 1768
(Homotypic synonym)
Dasya baillouviana (S. Gmelin) Montagne, 1841
Sphaerococcus pedicellatus C. Agardh, 1822
(Heterotypic synonym)
Dasya pedicellata (C. Agardh) C. Agardh, 1824
(Heterotypic synonym)
Rhodonema elegans G. Martens, 1824
(Heterotypic synonym)
Dasya elegans (G. Martens) C. Agardh, 1828
(Heterotypic synonym)
Eupogodon mazei P. L. Crouan & H. M. Crouan, 1865
(Heterotypic synonym)
Dasya mazei (P. L. Crouan & H. M. Crouan) G. Murray, 1888
(Heterotypic synonym)
Dasya elegans var. ramosissima Schiffner, 1938
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Krishnamurthy, V and Varadarajan, K (1991) Studies on the Dasyaceae from India I. The genus Dasya Seaweed Research and Utilization Seaweed Research and Utilization Association, Marine Fishereies-623 520, Tamil Nadu, India 14(1) 45-52 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
  • 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 - http://www.algaebase.org/
  • 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
  • Littler, DS; Littler, MM and Brooks, BL (1995) Marine algae and seagrasses from the Tobacco Range Fracture Zone, Belize, C.A Atoll Research Bulletin Smithsonian Institution Press 429 1-43 Available at - http://si-pddr.si.edu/dspace/handle/10088/2580

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