Polysiphonia subtilissima   Montagne,  1840 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Florideophyceae

Color: Blackish purple

Plants to 15 cm tall, texture rather soft; arising from a creeping base. Erect filaments subdichotomously branched below, alternately branched above, sometimes with numerous subsimple coarse rhizoids, the segments to 90 µ diameter below, 1.5-2.3(-8.0) diameters long, with 4 pericentral cells, ecorticate; ordinary branching erect, wandlike to clustered. Adventitious branchlets not numerous; above the branchlets 33-45 µ diameter, the segments to 130 µ, usually about 1.5 diameters, long. Apical cells conspicuous; simple or sparingly forked trichoblasts sometimes present, rather persistent, lateral branches replacing certain of these in development from the apex. Tetrasporangia seriate in the branches near the central portions of the plant.

Synonym (s)
Polysiphonia angustissima Kutzing, 1864
(Heterotypic synonym)
Polysiphonia subtilissima var. westpointensis Harvey, 1853
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Rocky, Coastal


• Orissa, Chilika lake (Lat: 19.64) (Long: 85.42) INDIA (Record: 23/02/2005)

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • 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/
  • Rath, J and Adhikary, SP (2006) Marine Macro-algae of Orissa, East coast of India Algae The Korean Society of Phycology 21(1) 49-59 Available at - http://www.e-algae.kr/Upload/files/ALGAE/2006-01-04.pdf
  • Taylor, WR (1972) Marine algae of the eastern tropical and subtropical coasts of the Americas University of Michigan Press 870 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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