Ectocarpus enhali [Status Unaccepted]   Borgesen,  1937 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Phaeophyceae

Color: Brown

Plants forming tufts. Basal system endophytic, rhizoidal or composed of creeping ramified filaments. Cells of the rhizoids 7-60 µ long and 13-17 µ broad. Erect filaments generally unbranched possessing one or two branches restricted to upper parts. Filaments variable in length, lower ones reaching a height of 1 mm or more; tapering gradually towards the apices. Apical cells rounded at the tips. Cells of the filaments cylindrical, 30-100 µ long and 7-11 µ broad, slightly constricted at cross walls. No marked growing point present; however cells in the lower parts of the filaments divided occasionally. Chromatophores irregularly elongated or rounded disc.

Plants bearing only plurilocular sporangia, the latter usually terminal on short erect filaments or lateral on long filaments, sessile as a rule; oval-oblong in shape, with rounded apices and bases; 40-150 µ long and 22-80 µ broad. Occasionally sheathed sporangia present, indicating the proliferation of the latter out of the former.

Epiphytic on leaves of Enhalus acoroides or on Dictyota atomaria.

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Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Gujarat, Dwarka 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 -
  • Krishnamurthy, V (2006) Key to the taxonomic identification of green and brown marine algae of India Recent advances on applied aspects of Indian marine algae with reference to global scenario. Seaweed taxonomic identification, aquaculture, resource, environment, fouling and disease Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar 1 1-146 Available at - NIO, Goa

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