Ectocarpus elachistaeformis [Status Unaccepted]   Heydrich,  1892 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Phaeophyceae

Size: Height 2-3 mm.

Plants forming tufts. Basal system forming thin strata of prostrate filaments composed of irregular cells, 20-60 µ long and 10-15 µ broad; provided with few discoid chromatophores. Erect system composed, as a rule, of unbranched filaments; long or short, the latter bearing sporangia. Filaments narrow at the base, broader towards tips. Cells of the filaments 40-100 µ long and 16-20 µ broad, provided with several elongated discoid chromatophores. Intercalary meristem lying in the middle of the longer filaments.

Plants bearing unilocular and plurilocular sporangia, the former club-shaped, terminal on the short filaments, 80-90 µ long and 15-18 µ broad; the latter abundant, conically elongated, arising terminally on one or two celled filaments or sometimes laterally on longer ones, 60-150 µ long and 16-26 µ broad.

Plants epiphytic on the leaves of Sargassum plagiophyllum.

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Habitat:  Rocky, Coastal


• Gujarat, Porbandar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Mishra, JN (1966) Phaeophyceae in India ICAR 203 pp 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 -

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