Kappaphycus alvarezii   (Doty) Doty ex P. C. Silva,  1996 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Florideophyceae

Color: Plants dark green in color

Thalli fleshy, terete, reaching up to 30 cm in length, free-living at the bottom of a mangrove area. Branching pseudodichotomous to irregular. Axes multiaxial, with a central medulla of small cells surrounded by larger medullary cells.

Synonym (s)
Eucheuma alvarezii Doty, 1985
(Homotypic synonym)
Eucheuma cottonii Weber-van Bosse, 1913
(Heterotypic synonym)
Kappaphycus cottonii (Weber-van Bosse) Doty ex P. C. Silva, 1996
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(An important carragenophyte. Commercially cultivated in India. CSMCRI has developed an integrated method for simultaneous production of nutrient rich liquid sap (liquid fertilizer).)

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kurusadai (Lat: 9.25) (Long: 79.01) INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Naganathan, V; Eswaran, K; Ganesan, M and Edward, JKP (2008) Nutrient analysis of economically important seaweeds in southeast coast of Tamilnadu 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 19-23 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2006) Algaebase Available at - http://www.algaebase.org/
  • Chandrasekaran, S; Nagendran, NA; Pandiaraja, J; Krishnankutty, N and Kamalakannan, B (2008) Bioinvasion of Kappaphycus alvarezii on corals in the Gulf of Mannar, India Current Science Current Science Association and Indian Academy of Sciences 94(9) 1167-1172 Available at - http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/may102008/1167.pdf
  • Bocas del Toro: Species database Available at - http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/bocas_database/search/
  • Jha B, Reddy C.R.K, Thakur M C and Rao M (2009) Seaweeds of India The Diversity and Distribution of seaweeds of Gujarat Coast Springer 211pp Available at - NIO

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