Encrusting Dead Man's Fingers
intertidal is home to some of the most fascinating algae in the ocean,
but none is more unusual than the encrusting Codium setchellii.
This green alga looks like mere squishy green blobs, but in reality
is so much more. From the individual "pin cushions" on rocks
and boulders to the seemingly monstrous crusts covering large areas
of bedrock, C. setchellii is a remarkable alga to behold in
from the middle intertidal zone to the high subtidal, C. setchellii
ranges from Alaska to Baja California. Usually forming a thick, round
crust, each individual is actually comprised of a single cell wrapped
around itself over and over. It is host to unique ecological interactions,
hosting epiphytes and evolving unique relations with intertidal invertebrates.
one of the following links to learn more about this unusual alga:
& Morphology |
Structure | Reproduction
& Life History | Ecology
& Image Credits | Acknowledgements
2005 Raúl Nava.
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