Caloglossa leprieurii   (Montagne) G. Martens,  1869 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Florideophyceae

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Color: Dark purple

Thalli 2-3 cm high, about 1 mm broad. Plant body thalloid; with forking blades, dichotomously branched; branches arising from the margins; branched segments with distinct midribs; plants prostrate, appressed to the substratum by means of a cluster of rhizoids arising from the ventral surface; primary exogenous branches arising from the segment cell of the apical cell; rarely a few endogenous branches also arise from the midrib of nodal region.

Tetrasporangia tetrahedrally divided, abundant in lines following the cell rows on both sides ofthe midrib. Cystocarps globose, on the upper branches or inside of the midrib.

Plants grow by tolerating a wide range of salinities (5-35%) but the gametophytic growth is more controlled by temperature.

Synonym (s)
Delesseria leprieurii Montagne, 1840
Hypoglossum leprieurii (Montagne) Kutzing, 1849
Hypoglossum vieillardii Kutzing, 1863
Hypoglossum pygmaeum G. Martens, 1871
Membranoptera pygmaea (G. Martens) Kuntze, 1891
Delesseria pygmaea (G. Martens) Prain, 1905
Caloglossa leprieurii f. pygmaea (G. Martens) Post, 1936
Caloglossa adnata f. divaricata Post, 1936
Caloglossa leprieurii f. ceylonensis Post, 1936
Caloglossa leprieurii var. subtilissima G. Martens, 1869

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Used as medicine in China)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Muddy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Producer


• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Goa, Anjuna INDIA
• Goa, Vagator INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Karnataka, Karwar INDIA
• Kerala, Kollam INDIA
• Kerala, Varkala INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Muthupet INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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