Chondria armata (Kützing) Okamura 1907

Division     Rhodophyta
Class     Florideophyceae
Order     Ceramiales
Family    Rhodomelaceae
Basionym     Lophura armata Kützing
SynonymRhodomela crassicaulis Harvey ex Svedelius; Chondria armata var. plumaris Børgesen

    Thallus with rhizomatous prostrate portion, simple or branched terete, 4mm thickness, attached by rhizoidal conical holdfast. Thalli pale pink in colour; densely cushions of erect axes, 4-10 cm height, terete or slightly compressed, often branches, branches bearing pinnately ramified fronds, ramuli usually sub-distichously arranged, having determinate growth, 3-8mm long and cylindrical or complanate up to 400 µm thick, often divided in their distal portions into 2-6 ramules of determinate growth. Apex of branches and ramuli clothed by trichoblast. Trichoblasts small, often with just one or two forkings, deciduous rarely persistent and well developed.


Epilithic, attached to big rocks and boulders

Distribution in India

Hare island, Mulli island, Nochiurani, Pamban, Pullivasal island, Tamil Nadu; Dwarka, Okha, Gujarat.