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Seaweeds > Division Phaeophyta
Broad strap brown seaweed
Stypopodium zonale*
Family Scytosiphonaceae
updated Sep 15
Where seen? This broad strap-like seaweed is sometimes seen on our Southern shores, attached to rocks and coral rubble.

Features: Clumps of flat blades 2-4cm wide and 10-15cm long. The broad strap-like blades branch irregularly near the ends on the same plane into flat strips. Tips squarish or irregularly ragged. There is no "vein" down the centre of the blade. Colours golden, yellowish to reddish brown.

Cyrene Reef, Aug 10

Lazarus Island, Feb 11

*Seaweed species are difficult to positively identify without microscopic examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display
Broad strap brown seaweed on Singapore shores

Photos of Broad strap brown seaweed for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Links References
  • Pham, M. N., H. T. W. Tan, S. Mitrovic & H. H. T. Yeo, 2011. A Checklist of the Algae of Singapore, 2nd Edition. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore, Singapore. 99 pp. Uploaded 1 October 2011. [PDF, 1.58 MB].
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