Avrainvillea erecta   (Berkeley) A. Gepp & E. S. Gepp,  1911 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Bryopsidophyceae

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Color: Brown

Thallus form and type: Frondose or brush-like

Substratum: Muddy sand

Occurrence: Infra littoral zone

Season: November-April

Plant solitary, with a flexuous, stout, cylindrical stalk, buried under mud in sea-floor. Stalk up to 20 cm long or more, 2 cm thick, composed of dichotomously branched filaments united to form the loose cylindrical basal stalk and anchored by colorless rhizoids. Frond above the cylindrical stalk formed by the threads spread out and interwoven to form a leaf like flabellate expansions of the fronds, shortly stipitate or sub-sessile, brown, upto 6 cm or more wide, 8 cm or more high, reniform to subcuneate, thick, very obsurely zonate. Margin entire to fibrilose-fimbriate. Filaments of fronds 27 - 42 µ to 30-60 µ wide very variable in width, cylindrical, non-torulose.

Synonym (s)
Dichonema erectum Berkeley, 1842
Udotea sordida Montagne, 1844
Chloroplegma papuanum Zanardini, 1878
Avrainvillea papuana (Zanardini) G. Murray & Boodle, 1889
Rhipilia andersonii G. Murray, 1886

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Food, animal feed and agriculture)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Coastal
IUCN Status:  Data Deficient


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Mergui Archipelago MYANMAR
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island, Galaxea Reef INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam (Lat: 9.26) (Long: 79.2) INDIA (Record: 02/1997)
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Hare Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Off Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 12/1958-05/1959) (Depth: 12-17 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Maharashtra, Ratnagiri INDIA
• Maharashtra, Malvan (Lat: 16.07) (Long: 73.47) INDIA
• Goa, Dona Paula INDIA
• Goa, Cabo de Rama INDIA

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