Hincksia mitchelliae   (Harvey) P. C. Silva,  1987 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Chromista
Phylum:Ochrophyta
Class: Phaeophyceae
Order:Ectocarpales
Family:Acinetosporaceae

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Description
Thallus form and type: cloudy tufts

Substratum: intertidal rocks

Occurrence: Mid littoral zone and sub littoral zone

Season: July-November

Abundance: Moderate

Plants light brown in color, mostly epiphytic, growing as tufts, 5-10 cm tall, attached by means of branched rhizoids from the basal parts of the filaments, erect filaments profusely, monopodialy and irregularly branched, gradually tapering into hair like structures, cells rectangular to barrel shaped with band shaped chloroplast; plurilocular gametangia cylindrically elongated, sessile, rarely stalked, with obtuse apices. Plurilocular sporangia dimorphic. Brown color results from the dominance of the xanthophyll fucoxanthin; this masks the other pigments, Chlorophyll a and c (no chlorophyll b), beta-carotene and other xanthophylls.


Synonym (s)
Giffordia mitchelliae neilii Silva et al., 1996
Ectocarpus mitchelliae Harvey, 1852
(Homotypic synonym)
Giffordia mitchelliae (Harvey) G. Hamel, 1939
(Homotypic synonym)
Hincksia mitchelliae (Harvey) P. Silva in P. Silva, Menez, & Moe, 1987
Ectocarpus mitchelliae f. brevicarpum Borgesen, 1939
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 11.12) (Long: 92.82) INDIA
• BANGLADESH
• INDIA
• KUWAIT
• MAURITIUS
• PAKISTAN
• SAUDI ARABIA
• SEYCHELLES
• SOUTH AFRICA
• TANZANIA
• Gujarat, Shivrajpur INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • 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/
  • Krishnamurthy, V (2006) Key to the taxonomic identification of green and brown marine algae of India Recent advances on applied aspects of Indian marine algae with reference to global scenario. Seaweed taxonomic identification, aquaculture, resource, environment, fouling and disease Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar 1 1-146 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Jha B, Reddy C.R.K, Thakur M C and Rao M (2009) Seaweeds of India The Diversity and Distribution of seaweeds of Gujarat Coast Springer 211pp Available at - NIO

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