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Gelidium cf. americanum(Ellis &Solander) Lamarck

PhylumClassOrderFamilyGenusSpecies
RhodophytaFlorideophyceaeGelidialesGelidiaceaeGelidiumcf. americanum
Habitat
Growing in shallow subtidal coral reefs associated with Dictyota.
Distribution
North America, Central America, Caribbean Islands, South America
Characteristics
Thallus tough, erect, up to 5 cm high, red brown. Main axes short, branching irregular, sparse, alternate, pinnate, or palmate. Blades 1.0-3.0 mm wide, compressed to strap-shaped terminating in a single apical cell. Tetrasporangia ovoid, originating close to tip. Medullary cells elongated, 5-10 µm diameter. Cortex 2-3 layers of pigmented, ovoid cells, 5-8 µm in diameter.
Other Literature
Dawes, C.J. & Mathieson, A.C. 2008. The seaweeds of Florida. Gainesville, Florida. pp. 591. University Press of Florida.

Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2009. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. https://www.algaebase.org; searched on 18 August 2009.

In Bocas Del Toro
Reported ByNSF-PASI Advanced Methods in Tropical Phycology Course 2009
LocalityWild Cane Cay
CommentsThis species is a turf-forming alga that traps sediment providing habitat and shelter to other marine organisms.
Compiled by
Anchana Prathep
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Reference
Field Guide to Common Marine Algae of the Bocas del Toro Area II: NSF-PASI Advanced Methods in Tropical Phycology Course 2009
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