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ALGAE SPECIES

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Brown Algae
Green Algae
Red Algae

Brown Alga List

The following brown algae are found within the coral cap region of the sanctuary (0-130 ft, 0-40m deep). Common names are listed, if known.

Brown Algae
Common Name Scientific Name
  Dictyopteris justii
Forded Sea Tumbleweeds Dictyota bartayresii
  Dictyota cervicornis
  Dictyota dichotoma

Dictyota algae (Dictyota sp.)

Dictyota pfaffii

Dictyota friabilis (pfaffii)

Dictyota algae (Dictyota sp.)

Dictoyota humifusa
  Dictyota menstrualis
  Dictyota pulchella
  Ectocarpus elachistaeformis
Leathery Lobeweeds, Encrusting Fan-leaf Alga
Encrusting Fan-Leaf Algae (Lobophora variegata)
Lobophora variegata
Peacock's Tail Padina jamaicensis
Padina profunda (algae) Padina profunda
  Padina sanctae-crucis
  Rosenvingea intricata
Gulf Weed, Sargassum Weed
Sargassum weed (Sargassum fluitans)
Sargassum fluitans
White-vein Sargassum Sargassum hystrix
Sargasso Weed Sargassum natans
  Spatoglossum schroederi
  Sphacelaria tribuloides
  Sphacelaria rigidula
Leafy Flat-blade Alga Stypopodium zonale

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Green Alga List

The following green algae are found within the coral cap region of the sanctuary (0-130 ft, 0-40m deep). Common names are listed, if known.

Green Algae
Common Name Scientific Name
  Anadyomene lacerata
  Boodelopsis pusilla
  Bryopsis plumosa
  Bryopsis pennata
  Caulerpa microphysa
  Caulerpa peltata
Green Grape Alga
Green Grape Algae (Caulerpa racemosa)
Caulerpa racemosa v. macrophysa
  Cladophora cf. repens
  Cladophoropsis membranacea
  Codium decorticatum
Dead Man's Fingers Codium isthmocladum
  Codium taylori
Derbesia marina green algae Derbesia cf. marina
  Entocladia viridis
Large Leaf Watercress Alga Halimeda discoidea
  Halimeda gracilis
Green Net Alga Microdictyon boergesenii
Spindleweed, Fuzzy Tip Alga Neomeris annulata
  Struvea sp.
  Udotea flabellum
  Ulva lactuca
  Ulvella lens
Elongated Sea Pearls Valonia macrophysa
  Valonia ventricosa

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Red Alga List

The following red algae are found within the coral cap region of the sanctuary (0-130 ft, 0-40m deep). Common names are listed, if known.

Red Algae
Common Name Scientific Name
  Asparagopsis taxiformis
Y-twig Alga Amphiroa rigida v. antillana
Flat Twig Alga Amphiroa tribulus
  Anotrichium tenue
  Antithamnion antillanum
  Apoglossum ruscifolium
  Archaeolithothamnion sp.
  Audouinella sp.
  Botryocladia occidentalis
  Botryocladia pyriformis
  Callithamniella tingitana
  Callithamnion cf. halliae
  Centroceras clavulatum
  Ceramiun flaccidum
  Champia parvula
  Chondria cnicophylla
  Chrysymenia enteromorpha
  Chrysymenia halymenioides
  Coelarthrum albertisii
  Compsothamnion thyoides
  Crouania attenuata
  Cryptonemia luxurians
  Dasya corymbifera
  Diplothamnion jolyi
  Erythrocladia endophloae
  Erythrotrichia carnea
  Fauchea hassleri
  Fauchea peltata
  Fosliella farinosa
  Galaxaura cylindrica
  Galaxaura oblongata
  Galaxaura obtusata
  Gelidium pusillum
  Gracilaria sp.
  Grateloupia filicina
  Griffithsia globulifera
  Griffithsia heteromorpha
  Halymenia floresia
  Herposiphonia secunda f. tenella
  Hydrolithon farinosum
  Hypnea volubilis
  Hypoglossum rhizophorum
  Hypoglossum tenuifolium
  Jania capillacea
  Kallymenia westii
  Laurencia chondrioides
  Lithophyllum bermudense
  Lithoporella sp.
  Lithothamnium cf. sejunctum
  Martensia hickersonii

Martensia pavonia

Decaying Martensia pavonia
This algae is flourescent orange when decomposing

Martensia pavonia
  Mesophyllum sp.
  Nemalion schrammi
  Peyssonnelia inamoena
  Peyssonnelia rubra
Burgundy Crust Alga Peyssonnelia simulans
  Pneophyllum lejolisii
  Polysiphonia denudata
  Polysiphonia flaccidissima
  Polysiphonia gorgoniae
  Polysiphonia tepida
  Pterocladia bartlettii
  Rhodymenia occidentalis
  Rhodymenia pseudopalmata
  Sahlingia subintegra
  Scinaia complanata v. intermedia
  Spermothamnion investiens
  Spyridia filamentosa
  Taenioma nanum
  Tenarea sp.
  Titanophora incrustans
  Wrangelia argus
  Wurdemannia miniata

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Download a List of Algae Species (184kb pdf) found in the coral cap region of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.




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