Monostroma latissimum   Wittrock,  1866 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Ulvophyceae

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Thallus form and type: Small leafy fronds

Substratum: Rocks, gravels, pebbles, dead shells

Occurrence: Supra littoral and upper mid littoral zone

Season: January-May and August-November

Abundance: Scanty

Plants usually grow as patchy tufts in upper mid littoral zone which submerges during high tide, Plants attached to rocks or barnacles as dense tufts, yellow green or bright green in color, 2-3 cn tall, membranous with crisped margins; fonds monostromatic, 25 micrometer thick; cells usually oval, 12.5 micrometer broad, with laminate chloroplasts. the cells in surface view of the thallus are tetra or polygonal or oval in shape and embedded loosely in groups consisting of 2-4 cells each.

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Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Monostroma species are used for human consumption (as delicacy in soybean milk soups) in china, Japan and other countries.)



• Gujarat, Okha (Lat: 22.47) (Long: 69.08) INDIA
• Gujarat, Sikka INDIA
• Gujarat, Samiani Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Oza, RM and Zaidi, SH (2001) A revised checklist of Indian marine algae 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 -
  • 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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