Chondria dasyphylla (Woodward) C.Agardh 1817

Division     Rhodophyta
Class     Florideophyceae
Order     Ceramiales
Family    Rhodomelaceae
Basionym     Fucus dasyphyllus Woodward
SynonymSphaerococcus dasyphyllus (Woodward) Stackhouse; Laurencia dasyphylla (Woodward) Greville; Chondriopsis dasyphylla (Woodward) J.Agardh; Dasyphylla woodwardii Stackhouse; Alsidium dasyphyllum P.Crouan & H.Crouan

    Thalli 10-20 cm height, cylindrical brown-red colour. Main axis simple, (sometimes once forked), branches irregular and equally thick, shortening towards apex so that frond looks pyramidal shape; regularly ramified; ultimate ramuli short, patent, truncate with narrowed bases, usually 2-5mm long sometime up to 20mm. Cross section of thallus shows a central axial cell surrounded by 5 pericentral siphon, surrounded by several layers of corticating cells gradually decreasing in size towards outside, outermost small, rounded, coloured. Articulations visible in younger parts. Tetrasporangia in short clavate ramuli spirally disposed.


Inter-subtidal form, lithophytic.

Distribution in India

Dwarka (Gujarat); Bombay (Maharashtra); Krusadai Island (Tamil Nadu).