BIOTIC Species Information for Chondrus crispus
Researched byWill Rayment and Paolo Pizzola Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byDr Stefan Kraan
Scientific nameChondrus crispus Common nameCarrageen
MCS CodeZM345 Recent SynonymsNone

PhylumRhodophycota Subphylum
Superclass ClassRhodophyceae
SubclassFlorideophycidae OrderGigartinales
Suborder FamilyGigartinaceae
GenusChondrus Speciescrispus

Additional InformationAlso known as Irish moss. Together with Mastocarpus stellatus, Chondrus crispus is harvested commercially as carrageen to be used in the pharmaceutical and food industries. May be confused with Mastocarpus stellatus, although the latter species has a rounded stipe, channeled fronds and papillate reproductive bodies.
Taxonomy References Fish & Fish, 1996, Dickinson, 1963, Dixon & Irvine, 1977,
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