Species of the Month September 2007
Common name: Harpoon Weed
Latin name: Asparagopsis armata
A type of red seaweed (Algae)
- Rosy-pink in colour .
- Has harpoon-like barbs and tufty appearance.
- Can grow to 30 cms long.
- Uses the barbs to attach itself to other seaweed.
- May become bleached to almost white in summer.
Where to look:
On the lower shore, attached to other seaweed
Originally from Australia, possibly New Zealand. Probably came to Europe with oysters.