Bostrychia tenella   (J. V. Lamouroux) J. Agardh,  1863 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Florideophyceae

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Color: Brownish purple

Thalli soft, 2-3 cm long, 2 or 3 times pinnately branched, corticated, periphero-haptera issuing irregularly, forming extensive prostrate intricate patches with branches overlapping each other. Branches either elongated and indefinite or short and definite. Ultimate branchlets terminating in simple or branched monosiphonous filaments, consisting of many slightly barrel-shaped cells. Tetrasporangial stichidia cylindrical-rostrate to lanceolate.

Synonym (s)
Fucus tenellus Vahl, 1802
(Heterotypic synonym)
Plocamium tenellum Lamouroux, 1813
(Homotypic synonym)
Rhodomela calamistrata Montagne, 1837
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bostrychia calamistrata (Montagne) Montagne, 1842
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bostrychia binderi Harvey, 1849
(Heterotypic synonym)
Amphibia binderi (Harvey) Kuntze, 1891
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bostrychia tenella var. terrestris J. Agardh 1863
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bostrychia terrestris (J. Agardh) Harvey ex Zanardini, 1872
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bostrychia binderi f. terrestris (J. Agardh) Post, 1936
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bostrychia vieillardii Kutzing, 1863
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bostrychia mazei P. L. Crouan & H. M. Crouan, 1865
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bostrychia muscoides P. L. Crouan & H. M. Crouan, 1865
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bostrychia vieillardii var. pectinata Kutzing, 1865
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bostrychia elegans P. L. Crouan & H. M. Crouan, 1865
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Muddy, Coastal


• Lakshadweep, Bassas de Pedro (Lat: 13.5) (Long: 72.58) INDIA (Record: 12/1988) (Depth: 18-70 mts)
• Lakshadweep, Cora Divh (Lat: 13.75) (Long: 72.25) INDIA (Record: 12/1988) (Depth: 18-70 mts)
• Lakshadweep, Sesostris (Lat: 12.91) (Long: 72.08) INDIA (Record: 12/1988) (Depth: 18-70 mts)
• Kerala, Kannur INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Maharashtra, Angria Bank (Lat: 16.45) (Long: 72.08) INDIA
• Gujarat, Nava Bandar INDIA
• Gujarat, Samiani Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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