Enantiocladia prolifera (Greville) Falkenberg 1897

Division     Rhodophyta
Class     Florideophyceae
Order     Ceramiales
Family    Rhodomelaceae
Basionym     Amansia prolifera J.Agardh

    Thallus erect, 5-10 cm in height, ribbon like and sparingly branched along the margin; branches short or sometimes intermediate, apices incurved; axis with five pericentral cells, the lateral ones developing wing- like extensions; from very early, the segments covered with small celled dense cortical tissue; proliferation frequent from both intermediate and determinate branches, marginal or from the flat surface; ultimate branchlets recurved, hook like, bearing short, sparingly forked trichoblasts with short, thick walled cells.


Lithophytic in the intertidal and on coral debris on sand.

Distribution in India

Cape Comorian; Tuticorin (Boergesen, 1937); Tiruchendur (Krishnamurthy, 1980); Lakshadweep (Subbaramaiah et al., 1980).