Gracilaria foliifera (Forsskål) Børgesen 1932

Division     Rhodophyta
Class     Rhodophyceae
Order     Gracilariales
Family    Gracilariaceae
Basionym     Fucus foliifer Forsskål 1932
SynonymChondrus multipartitus var. foliifer (Forsskål) Greville; Fucus aeruginosus var. lichenoides Turner; Fucus aeruginosus var. nudiusculus Turner; Sphaerococcus multipartitus var. lichenoides (Turner) C.Agardh

    Thallus brownish to yellowish red in colour, up to 16 cm in height, flat or compressed dichotomously or sub-dichotomously branched, attached by a discoid holdfast; frond membranous, proliferous, and branches tapering towards the apices, laciniate with acuminate tips, proliferations often marginal


Lithophytic, occurs in lower mid littoral zone, tide pools.

Distribution in India

Andaman Islands & Nicobar Islands (Silva & al. 1996), Gujarat (Silva & al. 1996), Karnataka (Gupta & Das 2019), Laccadive Islands (Silva & al. 1996), Tamil Nadu.