PORT PHILLIP BAY


Brown Seaweed 

Cystophora torulosa

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Main information sources:
Womersley, H.B.S., (1984-2003). The Marine Benthic Flora of Southern Australia. Part 1-3d. Govt. Printer, South Australia.
Baldock, R.N. 2010. Algae Revealed. South Australian State Herbarium. Website.
AlgaeBase. Website.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Ochrophyta
Subphylum:
Phaeista
Superclass:
Fucistia
Class:
Phaeophyceae
Order:
Fucales
Family:
Sargassaceae
Genus:
Cystophora
Species:
torulosa

General Description

Distinctive sausage like blades. Long, zig-zag central stalk (stipe) with alternate branches(laterals) strongly zig-zagged with thick, forked and densely clustered blades (ramuli) arising at points of zig-zag. Holdfast at base is a simple disc. Tan to medium brown. Up to 60 cm long (thallus).

Biology

This species is often found in the low intertidal area, in tidal pools and occasionally in or under a Hormosira banksii canopy.

Habitat

Low intertidal and shallow subtidal rocky reefs with moderate wave action, to depth of 10 m.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

New Zealand and Australia.

Species Group

Seaweeds and seagrasses Brown algae

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

60 cm

Diet

Photosynthetic - sunlight

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Pocklington, Jacqui

Jacqui Pocklington is a Research Associate with expertise in algal taxonomy.

citation

Cite this page as:
Pocklington, Jacqui, 2011, Brown Seaweed, Cystophora torulosa, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 21 Jul 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/11136

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