Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany

Fauchea laciniata J. G. Agardh

     Welcome to the wonderful world of Fauchea. Click on any of the links below to learn more or scroll down for a brief introduction to the "Jewel of the Subtidal."
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      Fauchea laciniata is a common red algae found growing on rocks or other substrates (ropes, piers) in the inter- and subtidal from British Columbia, Canada to Northern Baja California, Mexico. It is deep red in color with a stunning bluish cast of iridescence.

     Like the commonest of reds, F. laciniata goes through the magnificent tripartite life history, has pit plugs between adjacent cells, and stores energy in Floridean starch in the cytoplasm. What's more, it utilizes phycoerythrin as its primary pigment, but also contains Chlorophyll a and d, and carotenoids.

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All images and page © 2003 Nicholas Vidargas