Gracilaria bursa-pastoris   (S. G. Gmelin) P. C. Silva,  1952 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Florideophyceae

Image copyrights: National Museums of Northern Ireland

Color: Light purplish red

Thalli succulent, brittle, easily broken, cylindrical, erect, 1.5-30 cm high, 1-3 mm wide, caespitose. Branches elongated, subdichotomously and usually divaricatedly branched, arising alternately or subsecundly with patent and rounded axils from unconstricted insertions, tapering to a fine apex. Cystocarps small, nutritive filaments present. Spermatangial pattern pit-like.

Synonym (s)
Fucus bursa-pastoris S. Gmelin, 1768
Gracilaria compressa (C. Agardh) Greville, 1830
(Heterotypic synonym)
Gracilaria compressa Silva et al., 1996
Sphaerococcus compressus C. Agardh, 1822
(Heterotypic synonym)
Gigartina compressa (C. Agardh) W. J. Hooker, 1833
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Rocky, Coastal


• Gujarat INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam 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
  • Bolton, JJ; Oyieke, HA and Gwada, P (2007) The seaweeds of Kenya: Checklist, history of seaweed study, coastal environment, and analysis of seaweed diversity and biogeography South African Journal of Botany 73 76-88 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) 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
  • (2006) Algaebase Available at -
  • Tseng, CK (Ed.) (1983) Common seaweeds of China Science Press 316 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, MU (1968) Additions to the algal flora of the Gulf of Mannar and Palk bay from Mandapam area Journal of the marine biological association of India The marine biological association of India 10(2) 366-369 Available at - NIO, Goa

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