Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany

A spectacular seaweed and fabulous member of the Fucales order, Stephanocystis (previously called Cystoseira) osmundacea is a beautiful example of a brown alga, and can often be found in beach rack near suitable habitats (the Monterey Peninsula, for example; head to the nearest coastal access and check it out!). In the meantime, click on the links below to get yourself better acquainted with this elegant alga!

Last updated: Mar. 16, 2015