Batters’ green branched weed (Lychaete battersii)
|Researched by||Morvan Barnes||Refereed by||Admin|
|Authority||(C.Hoek) M.J.Wynne, 2017|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Cladophora battersii Hoek, 1963|
Lychaete 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 IrelandCurrently known from a few locations around the British Isles and Ireland: Portland (Dorset), North Uist (Inverness-shire) and Northern Ireland.
Global distributionOnly recorded from the British Isles.
HabitatLychaete battersii is a shallow subtidal species often found loose-lying in sheltered habitats, occasionally tangled around Zostera plants and other algae.
- Dark green filamentous masses.
- Curved, pointed branches.
- Dominent growth in the middle of the thallus.
- Rhizoids absent.
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Last Updated: 01/08/2019