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Seaweeds > Division Rhodophyta
Cat's tail red seaweed
Asparagopsis taxiformis*
Family Bonnemaisoniaceae
updated Jan 13

Where seen? These beautiful feathery seaweeds are sometimes seen in on our Southern shores, attached to coral rubble near reefs. In another part of its lifecycle, could it look like the Cotton candy red seaweed?

Features: Clusters of feathery 'stems' (6-8cm long). Each 'stem' has side branches covered in fine filaments that result in a feathery appearance resembling the tail of a cat or a feather duster. Colours pinkish, maroon sometimes purplish.

According to AlgaeBase, there are currently 3 Aspargopsis species.

Human uses: It is used as animal feed, fertiliser and human food. It is also reported to have antibacterial and antibiotic properties, and to be used to treat livestock diseases.

Sentosa, Mar 05

Kusu Island, Apr 05

*Seaweed species are difficult to positively identify without microscopic examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Cat's tail red seaweeds on Singapore shores

Photos of Cat's tail red seaweeds for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Asparagopsis species recorded for Singapore
Pham, M. N., H. T. W. Tan, S. Mitrovic & H. H. T. Yeo, 2011. A Checklist of the Algae of Singapore.

  Asparagopsis taxiformis

Links References
  • Lee Ai Chin, Iris U. Baula, Lilibeth N. Miranda and Sin Tsai Min ; editors: Sin Tsai Min and Wang Luan Keng, A photographic guide to the marine algae of Singapore, 2015. Tropical Marine Science Institute, 201 pp.
  • 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].
  • A. C. Lee, Lawrence M. Liao and K. S. Tan. New records of marine algae on artificial structures and intertidal flats in coastal waters of Singapore. Pp. 5-40. in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.
  • Huisman, John M. 2000. Marine Plants of Australia University of Western Australia Press. 300pp.
  • Calumpong, H. P. & Menez, E. G., 1997.Field Guide to the Common Mangroves, Seagrasses and Algae of the Philippines. Bookmark, Inc., the Philippines. 197 pp.
  • Trono, Gavino. C. Jr., 1997. Field Guide and Atlas of the Seaweed Resources of the Philippines.. Bookmark, Inc., the Philippines. 306 pp.
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