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A green seaweed (Cladophora battersii)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

Cladophora battersii is a small filamentous green algae. It may reach up to 3 cm in height. It is a regularly branched, rather stiff species. The curved branches narrow from the base giving a spinous appearance. Growth predominently occurs between the base and the apex of the thallus. It is usually unattached, forming dark green masses.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Currently known from three locations around the British Isles and Ireland: Portland (Dorset), North Uist (Inverness-shire) and Roundstone (County Galway).

Global distribution

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Habitat

Cladophora battersii is a shallow subtidal species often found loose-lying in sheltered habitats, occasionally tangled around Zostera plants and other algae.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Dark green filamentous masses.
  • Curved, pointed branches.
  • Dominent growth in the middle of the thallus.
  • Rhizoids absent.

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Bibliography

  1. Burrows, E.M., 1991. Seaweeds of the British Isles. Volume 2. Chlorophyta. London: British Museum (Natural History).

  2. Dickinson, C.I., 1963. British seaweeds. London & Frome: Butler & Tanner Ltd.

  3. Hardy, F.G. & Guiry, M.D., 2003. A check-list and atlas of the seaweeds of Britain and Ireland. London: British Phycological Society

  4. Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]

  5. National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas website. Available from: http://www.nbnatlas.org.  Accessed 01 April 2017

  6. OBIS,  2017. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. www.iobis.org. Accessed: 2017-11-22

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Barnes, M.K.S. 2008. Cladophora battersii A green seaweed. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/139

Last Updated: 02/06/2008