PORT PHILLIP BAY


Green Seaweed 

Bryopsis vestita

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Can be confused with Bryopsis gemellipara which has branching in two rows.

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:
Chlorophyta
Class:
Ulvophyceae
Order:
Bryopsidales
Family:
Bryopsidales
Genus:
Bryopsis
Species:
vestita

General Description

Multiple stem (axes) with radial tufted branching becoming bare on lower parts. Holdfast at base is extensively branched and root-like (rhizoidal). Bright to dark green. Up to 15 cm long (thallus).

Habitat

Intertidal rocky reefs and tidal pools, on moderate and rough water coasts.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

New Zealand and Australia.

Species Group

Seaweeds and seagrasses Green algae

Depth

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

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

15 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, Green Seaweed, Bryopsis vestita, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/11277

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