seen? These odd lumpy brown bubbles are sometimes seen
on our shores, growing on rocks and coral rubble. In some places,
they can dominate small areas for a period of time, turning the location
a golden brown.
Features: Small bubbles 1-6cm,
covering a small area, but sometimes many clumps of bubbles may cover
an area of 1m or more. A crisp
outer membrane with a smooth somewhat shiny texture, encasing a hollow
interior. The seaweed starts growing as a single rounded blob and
as it gets bigger may form sheets with irregular wrinkled blobs or
puffed up lobes. Colours range from beige to yellowish brown.
Cyrene Reef, Aug 12
there are 11 current Colpomenia species.
Human uses: Puffy
brown seaweed is eaten by people and used as animal feed, medicine
for its antibacterial and antitumor properties.
Crisp outer membrance
encasing hollow interior.
Sisters Islands, Nov 05
When submerged may have a fine hairy surface.
Tanah Merah, May 09
Labrador, Jan 06
South Cyrene, Oct 10
brown seaweeds on Singapore shores
*Seaweed species are
difficult to positively identify without microscopic examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of
species recorded for Singapore
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