Sargassum linearifolium   (Turner) C. Agardh,  1820 (Algae)
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Class: Phaeophyceae

Thallus form and type: Foliose and bushy

Substratum: Intertidal rocks

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

Season: November-April

Abundance: Abundant

Plants dark brown in color, 60-120 cm tall with terete or angular main axis. Main axis and branches spirally arranged, sparsely muricate with leaves; leaves simple, 2-5 cm long, 2.5 mm broad, linear, costate with acute apices and short petioles; margins sinuate, denatate sometimes with a median wing at the base or with a few teeth on the petiole; receptacles and vesicles present in the axils of the basal leaves of primary branches; receptacles stalked racemose, branches subulate or verucose, vesicles present in the fruiting branches, replacing leaves, spherical to ovate multicose, rarely apiculate, with long leaf like stalk.

Synonym (s)
Fucus linearifolius Turner, 1808
(Homotypic synonym)
Sargassum merrifieldiae J. Agardh, 1889
(Heterotypic synonym)
Sargassum (Sargassum) linearifolium (Turner) C. Agardh, 1820

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Gujarat INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Idinthakarai (Lat: 8.17) (Long: 77.74) INDIA (Record: 12/2003, 31/12/2004)
• Tamil Nadu, Idinthakarai (Lat: 8.16) (Long: 77.73) INDIA (Record: 10/2003-12/2003)
• Kerala, Vizhinjam (Lat: 8.4) (Long: 76.93) INDIA (Record: 10/2003-12/2003)
• Gujarat, Veraval INDIA
• Gujarat, Shivrajpur INDIA
• Gujarat, Porbandar INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Gujarat, Dwarka 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
  • 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 -
  • James, JE (2008) Studies on the effects of tsunami on the algal vegetation at Idinthakarai coast, southeast Tamilnadu Proceedings of the national symposium on marine and coastal ecosystems 27-29, August 2007. Seaweed Research and Utilisation Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association, Marine Fisheries- 623 520, Tamil Nadu, India 30 35-37 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • (2006) Algaebase Available at -
  • 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
  • SreekalaDevi, R.; James, J.E.; Babu, S.S (2004) Distribution of marine macroalgae in Idinthakarai and Vizhinjam coasts - A comparative study. Seaweed Research and Utilization Seaweed Research and Utilization Association, Marine Fisheries-623520, Tamil Nadu, India 26(1-2) 29-32. 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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