Laurencia cartilaginea [Status Unaccepted]   Yamada,  1931 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Plantae
Phylum:Rhodophyta
Class: Florideophyceae
Order:Ceramiales
Family:Rhodomelaceae

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Description
Color: Reddish to purple

Thallus erect up to 9 cm tall, cartilaginous and attached to the substrate by small discoidal holdfast. Lower 1/2 to 3/4 older portion of the thallus is always covered with calcareous material. 3-5 branches arise radially from a common holdfast from a short stipe supporting alternately arranged secondary branches which are 1 to 25 mm long. Largest ones are at the base gradually decreasing in length towards the upper portion appearing like pyramid. Alternating tertiary branches are beset with ultimate determinate branchlets which are wart-like and with truncate apices. Distinct pit is found at the tips of the deteminate branchlets. In L.S of an ultimate branch the cortical cells are not arranged in palisade and are without secondary pit connection.


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Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Source of food and agaroid.)

Ecology
Habitat:  Coastal

Biogeography


• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Maharashtra, Malvan INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Maharashtra, Ratnagiri INDIA
• Goa INDIA
• Karnataka, Karwar INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2003) Seaweeds of the Central West Coast of India Bioinformatics Centre, National Institute of Oceanography Available at - http://niobioinformatics.in/seaweeds/index.htm
  • 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/

Page last updated on:2011-04-18

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