PORT PHILLIP BAY


Brown Seaweed 

Notheia anomala

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Scientific Details

Can be confused with Chordaria cladosiphon which has longer laterals and is not found on H. banksii or X. chondrophylla.

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:
Notheiaceae
Genus:
Notheia
Species:
anomala

General Description

One or more simple or branched axes with many irregularly positioned laterals which are linear shaped often tapering to a broad tip. Growth is from a few cells positioned near the reproductive parts (conceptacles) of the host. Dark brown. Up to 12 cm long (thallus).

Biology

This seaweed is an epiphyte or semi-parasite, growing on the seaweeds Hormosira banksii and Xiphophora chondrophylla.

Habitat

Epiphytic in intertidal rocky reef areas, tidal pools, on rough water coasts.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Seagrass meadows

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

12 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, Notheia anomala, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 30 May 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/11306

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