pom-pom red seaweed
These crunchy pinkish ball-shaped 'pom-pom's are sometimes seen
in on all our shores on coral rubble as well as among seagrasses.
Features: A cluster (3-8cm)
of many thin, stiff, cylindrical 'stems' that are branched. Clusters
usually bushy, pom-pom shaped although some hug the hard surface
forming layers of branching shapes. The seaweed incorporates calcium
carbonate making the 'stems' hard and brittle. So the seaweeds crunch
when stepped upon (but try to NOT to step on them). Colours range
from pinkish and lilac to deep magenta and purple.
There are many pinkish seaweeds with a pom pom shape that belong
to Family Corallinaceae or Family Galaxauraceae. They are often
difficult to distinguish to species without microscopic examination.
Cosy home: All kinds of tiny
creatures are sometimes seen among the 'branches'. From small snails
to tiny seahorses. Seastars, especially juveniles, are often abundant
on 'meadows' of these crunchy seaweed.
in clumps on coral rubble near reefs.
Sisters Island, Feb 08
among the branches!
Changi, Jul 06
among sponges on rocks.
on an abandoned rope
in seagrass meadows.
tangles growing among seagrasses
forming a crunchy carpet.
pom-pom red seaweeds on Singapore shores
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