Pneophyllum fragile   Kutzing,  1843 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Florideophyceae

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Red color results from the dominance of the pigments phycoerythrin and phycocyanin; this masks the other pigments, chlorophyll a (no chlorophyll b), beta-caratene and a number of unique xanthophylls.

Vegetative reproduction is rare; asexual reproduction is effected by the formation of various kinds of spores. Sexual reproduction is unique due to passive, non flagellated sperm cells.

Synonym (s)
Fosliella lejolisii (Rosanoff) Howe, 1920
(Heterotypic synonym)
Heteroderma lejolisii (Rosanoff) Foslie, 1909
(Heterotypic synonym)
Melobesia lejolisii Rosanoff, 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)
Pneophyllum lejolisii (Rosanoff) Chamberlain, 1983
(Heterotypic synonym)
Pneophyllum fragile Kutzing, 1843
Melobesia pruinosa Kutzing, 1845
(Heterotypic synonym)
Dermatolithon lejolisii (Rosanoff) Foslie, 1898
(Heterotypic synonym)
Melobesia microspora Rosenvige, 1917
(Heterotypic synonym)
Pneophyllum microsporum (Rosenvinge) Y. M. Chamberlain, 1983
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep (Lat: 11) (Long: 72.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Lakshadweep 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 -
  • 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 -

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