branched brown seaweed
seen? This veined strap-like brown seaweed is often seen
on some of our Southern shores, attached to coral rubble.
Features: Clumps of flat blades
about 1-2cm wide and 10cm long. The narrow strap-like blades branch
regularly near on the same plane into flat strips of about equal width.
There is an obvious 'mid-rib vein' down the centre of the blade up
to the tips, which may be paler. Colours brown, yellowish brown or
According to AlgaeBase:
there are more than 30 current Dictyopteris species.
Human uses: It is eaten
by people and is believed to have antibacterial and antitumor properties.
Cyrene Reef, Apr 08
Cyrene Reef, Jun 08
Pulau Jong, Jul 06
Lazarus Island, Feb 11
*Seaweed species are
difficult to positively identify without microscopic examination.
website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.
branch brown seaweed on Singapore shores
species recorded for Singapore
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