Forming flat, fan-shaped clusters encrusting hard surfaces. Some resemble
terrestrial bracket fungi or fish scales. They are sometimes seen
on our Southern shores, growing on coral rubble near reefs.
Features: Thin, flat stiff leathery
disks about 2-4cm in diameter, growing in clusters. Only the central
portion is attached to the hard surface, the edges are free. Forming
disks sometimes with a cleft or notch becoming fan-shaped to kidney-shaped.
The edges are paler and may be slightly ruffled. Colours brown or
yellowish-brown often with fine yellow lines radiating from the centre
to the edges. According to Huisman, those growing in deeper may be
Sometimes confused with Scaly
red seaweed (Peyssonnelia sp.) which are more encrusting
and stiff with a slimy surface.
According to AlgaeBase:
there are 10 species of Lobophora.
Labrador, May 06
Labrador, May 06
Sentosa, Nov 08
Terumbu Selegie, Jun 11
*Seaweed species are difficult to positively identify without microscopic
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of
brown seaweeds on Singapore shores
species recorded for Singapore
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