Asteromenia peltata (W.R.Taylor) Huisman & A.J.K.Millar 1996

Division     Rhodophyta
Class     Florideophyceae
Order     Rhodymeniales
Family    Hymenocladiaceae
Basionym     Fauchea peltata Taylor
SynonymWeberella peltata (Taylor) Schneider; Halichrysis peltata (Taylor) P. Huvé & Huvé

    Thallus pinkish red and firmly attached by small discoid holdfast measures 2-6 mm in diameter. Thalli stipitate with undulated to peltate fronds. Stipe solid, cylindrical, measures 5-12 mm long and 1-3 mm in broad. Thickened collars occasionally present indicating that the fronds can regenerate. Young fronds measure 1.5 – 3 cm in diameter and 200-300 μm thick. Diameter of the mature fronds can reach up to 10 cm and 1 mm thickness

    Anatomy (internal structure) of thallus shows cortex of 2–4 layers of small spherical to oblong cells, 12-40 μm long and medulla of 2 layers of large oblong colorless cells, 70-142 μm and 38- 60 μm broad


Epilithic, subtidal and it prefers more shaded places (Coppejans et al., 2017)

Distribution in India

Andaman Islands