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Lobophora variegata(J.V. Lamouroux) Womersley ex E.C. Oliveira 1977Lobophora variegata

Growing among coral, rocky substratum between marine pastures and on dead corals.
Florida, Bahamas, Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Southern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Greece, Spain, Italy, Caribbean Islands, Venezuela Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Africa, Indian Ocean, Japon, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Suroeste de Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central Pacific Islands.
Natural History Notes
Littler and Littler (2000) described three different Lobophora variegata forms: Decumbent, Crust, and Ruffled. Described here is the decumbent and Ruffled form. See pictures
2 m
Brown to orange prostrate thallus. Blades fan shaped and overlapping; comprised of a medullary layer (1 cell thick) surrounded by a cortex (2-3 cells thick). Number of outer cortical cells may be different on two different blade surfaces. Surface hairs random or in concentric lines.
In Bocas Del Toro
Reported ByDr. Brian Wysor, Jessie Alden, Jennifer Kelly, & Dr. D. Wilson Freshwater Wysor, B. and O.De Clerck. 2003. An Updated and Annotated List of Marine Brown Algae(Phaeophyceae) of the Caribbean Coast of the Republic of Panama. Botanica Marina 46: 151–160.
Sampling methodsSCUBA and snorkeling
LocalityTervi Bight, San Cristobol, Bocas del Toro
Compiled by
Jennifer Kelly and D. Wilson Freshwater ; Andrea Planas Orellana & Cindy Fernandez
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Littler, M.M. 2000. Caribbean Reef Plants. OffShore Graphics, Inc. Washington DC, USA.

Taylor, W.R. 1960. Marine Algae of the Eastern Tropical and Subtropical Coasts of the Americas. The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

Wysor, B. & De Clerck, O. 2003. An updated and annotated list of marine brown algae (Phaeophyceae) or the Caribbean coast of the Republic of Panama. Botanica Marina 46:151-160.

Earle, S.A. 1969. Phaeophyta of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Phycologia. 7:71-254.

Tropical Field Phycology Field Book, STRI, Bocas de Toro, 2008.
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