Bangia fuscopurpurea   (Dillwyn) Lyngbye,  1819 (Algae)
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Class: Bangiophyceae

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Color: Pale yellowish brown to generally brownish purple. Male plant yellowish red, female plant purple or purplish red. Red colour 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.

Plants gregarious, 0.5 - 2.0 µm long, 20 - 200 micron diameter thicker, the filaments broadly attached, softly slippery, the filaments at first slightly tapered towards the base, the cells with single, radially lobes chromatophores; uniseriate, the segments equal to the diameter or to 0.25 - 0.33 as long, becoming quaternetely and then more extensively radially divided, resulting in thick, somewhat torulose and constricted filaments.

Dioecious; spermatangiophores and carpogonia borne separately on the upper part of male and female plants. Each spermatangiophore with 8-16 spermatangia on surface view and each carpogonium with 4 carpospores. vegetative reproduction is rare; asexual reproduction is effected by the formation of various kinds of spores; Sexual reproduction is unique in this group due to their passive, non flagellated sperm cells (spermatia).

Synonym (s)
Conferva fuscopurpurea Dillwyn, 1807
(Homotypic synonym)
Bangia atropurpurea var. fuscopurpurea (Dillwyn) C. Agardh, 1824
(Homotypic synonym)
Bangiella fuscopurpurea (Dillwyn) Gaillon, 1833
(Homotypic synonym)
Lyngbya fuscopurpurea (Dillwyn) Hassall, 1845
(Homotypic synonym)
Porphyra fuscopurpurea (Dillwyn) P. L. Crouan & H. M. Crouan 1867
(Homotypic synonym)
Bangia crispa Lyngbye, 1818
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bangiella crispa (Lyngbye) Gaillon, 1833
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bangia versicolor Kutzing, 1843
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bangia pumila Areschoug, 1862
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bangia lejolisii De Notaris, 1863
(Heterotypic synonym)
Porphyra lejolisii (De Notaris) P. L. Crouan & H. M. Crouan, 1867
(Heterotypic synonym)
Porphyra pumila (Areschoug) P. Crouan & H. Crouan, 1867
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bangia fuscopurpurea var. pumila (Areschoug) Rabenhorst, 1868
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bangia fuscopurpurea var. crispa (Lyngbye) Kjellman, 1880
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bangia arctica Foslie, 1881
(Heterotypic synonym)
Bangia virescens Foslie, 1890
(Heterotypic synonym)
Phyllona pumila (Areschoug) Kuntze, 1891
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(As food, salad)

Habitat:  Coastal
Trophic Level:  Producer


• West Coast INDIA
• Karnataka, Karwar INDIA (Record: 01/1985-12/1985)
• Karnataka, Bhatkal INDIA (Record: 01/1985-12/1985)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) Seaweeds of the Central West Coast of India Bioinformatics Centre, National Institute of Oceanography Available at -
  • Tseng, CK (Ed.) (1983) Common seaweeds of China Science Press 316 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • (2006) Algaebase Available at -
  • Untawale, AG; Reddy, CRK and Deshmukhe, GV (1989) Ecology of intertidal benthic algae of northern Karnataka coast Indian Journal of Marine Sciences Scientific Publishers 18 73-81 Available at - NIO, Goa

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