Spatoglossum variabile Figari et De Notaris 1853

Division     Ochrophyta
Class     Phaeophyceae
Order     Dictyotales
Family    Dictyotaceae
SynonymDictyota variabile (Figari & De Notaris) P.Crouan & H.Crouan

    Thallus 15-28 cm in height and up to 5-8 cm in width, 146 μm thick, light olive green in colour; attenuated at the base; upper portion palmate, sub- dichotomously divided, margin dentate; thallus in section composed of superficial layers surrounding two to three layers of inner cells; cells of the superficial layers subquadrate, up to 22 x 37 μm large; inner layers composed of polygonal cells 25-31 μm broad and 65-78μm in length. Tetrasporangia distributed over the surfaces, globular in shape.


Growing in the mid- littoral region.

Distribution in India

Dwarka, Okha Port (Gujarat) (Misra, 1996); Goa (Agadi & Untawale, 1978), Tamil Nadu.