|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Sue Scott - Buoy line with Saccharina latissima. Image width ca 2.5 m in foreground.
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Saccharina latissima is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Nicola White and Charlotte Marshall||Refereed by:||Dr Joanna Jones|
|Phylum||Ochrophyta||Brown and yellow-green seaweeds|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||All coasts of Britain & Ireland.|
|Habitat information||Saccharina latissima is usually found from the sublittoral fringe down to a depth of 30 m. More rarely it occurs in rock pools. The species usually occurs in sheltered conditions and may attach to unstable substrata such as boulders and cobbles.|
|Description||A large brown kelp, which has a long undivided frond, without midrib and with a short stipe. The frond of Saccharina latissima has a distinctive frilly undulating margin. It lives for 2 to 4 years and grows quickly from winter to April.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Nicola White and Charlotte Marshall 2007. Saccharina latissima. Sugar kelp. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 21/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=4280>