Stoechospermum polypodioides   (Lamouroux) J. Agardh,  1848 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Phaeophyceae

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Size: Length 15 cm; width 5–10 mm

Plants attached by stolonoidal holdfasts, gregarious, erect, rather stiff, composed of a short cylindrical stipe and flat, dichotomous straps, without midrib but with inrolled apices. Most specimens have grazed (or eroded) apices; some are fertile, having the characteristic, marginal, dark sporangial sori.

Synonym (s)
Dictyota marginata (C. Agardh) Greville, 1830
(Heterotypic synonym)
Dictyota polypodioides J. V. Lamouroux, 1809
(Homotypic synonym)
Stoechospermum marginatum (C. Agardh) Kutzing, 1843
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Coastal



Literature Source(s)
  • Schils, T; Coppejans, E; Verbruggen, H; Clerck, OD and Leliaert, F (2004) The marine flora of Rodrigues (Republic of Mauritius, Indian Ocean): An island with low habitat diversity or one in the process of colonisation? Journal of Natural History Taylor and Francis 38 3059-3076
  • (2006) Algaebase Available at -
  • Coppejans, E; Leliaert, F and Schils, T (2002) New records of marine benthic algae for the Mozambican coast collected at Inhaca Island South African Journal of Botany Foundation for Education, Science and Technology, South Africa 68 342-348 Available at -
  • 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
  • Schils, T and Eric, C (2003) Spatial variation in subtidal plant communities around the Socotra Archipelago and their biogeographic affinities within the Indian Ocean Marine Ecology Progress Series 251 103-114 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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