Nitophyllum punctatum   (Stackhouse) Greville,  1830 (Algae)
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Class: Florideophyceae

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Size: 40 mm or, exceptionally, to 1 m, sessile or shortly stipitate (< 2 mm long)

Delicately membranous, rose-pink fronds with an elongate fan-shaped outline, margins distinctly frilly. Frond veinless, undivided or deeply subdichotomously divided to the base; apices blunt or rounded, often ribbon-like. Gametophyte plants form rounded spots to 5 mm in diameter whilst tetrasporphyte plants form characteristic elongated spots.

Synonym (s)
Fucus punctatus Stackhouse in Withering, 1796
Nitophyllum punctatum (Stackhouse) Greville, 1830
Fucus punctatus Stackhouse, 1796
(Homotypic synonym)
Ulva punctata (Stackhouse) Stackhouse, 1797
(Homotypic synonym)
Wormskioldia punctata (Stackhouse) Sprengel, 1827
(Homotypic synonym)
Fucus ocellatus J. V. Lamouroux, 1802
(Heterotypic synonym)
Delesseria ocellata (J. V. Lamouroux) J. V. Lamouroux, 1813
(Heterotypic synonym)
Delesseria punctata (Stackhouse) C. Agardh, 1822
(Heterotypic synonym)
Nitophyllum punctatum var. ocellatum (J. V. Lamouroux) Harvey, 1841
(Heterotypic synonym)
Nitophyllum ocellatum (J. V. Lamouroux) J. Agardh, 1842
(Heterotypic synonym)
Aglaophyllum punctatum (Stackhouse) Areschoug, 1847
(Heterotypic synonym)
Aglaophyllum punctatum var. ocellatum (Greville) Areschoug, 1847
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island, Galaxea reef INDIA (Record: 1940-1950)
• Lakshadweep, Bassas de Pedro (Lat: 13.5) (Long: 72.58) INDIA (Record: 12/1988) (Depth: 18-70 mts)
• Lakshadweep, Cora Divh (Lat: 13.75) (Long: 72.25) INDIA (Record: 12/1988) (Depth: 18-70 mts)
• Lakshadweep, Sesostris (Lat: 12.91) (Long: 72.08) INDIA (Record: 12/1988) (Depth: 18-70 mts)
• Maharashtra, Angria Bank (Lat: 16.45) (Long: 72.08) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Krishnamurthy, V (2008) The algal flora of Krusadai Island- It's past status and present decay Proceedings of the national symposium on marine and coastal ecosystems 27-29, August 2007. Seaweed Research and Utilisation Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association, Marine Fisheries-623 520, Tamil Nadu, India 30 13-17 Available at - NIO Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2006) Algaebase 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
  • Ambiye, V and Untawale, AG (1992) Deep water marine algal flora of the submerged banks off west coast of India Oceanography of the Indian Ocean Oxford and IBH, New Delhi 247-252 Available at -
  • Untawale, AG; Reddy, CRK and Ambiye, VD (1989) Marine algal flora of submerged Angria bank (Arabian sea) Indian Journal of Marine Sciences Scientific Publishers 18 207-209 Available at - NIO, Goa

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