Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany

Porphyra Taxonomy


  • Kingdom: Protista
  • Division: Rhodophyta
  • Class: Rhodophyceae
  • Subclass: Bangiophycidae
  • Order: Bangiales
  • Family: Bangiaceae

As a result of Porphyra's heteromorphic life history, the sporophyte stage of Porphyra was originally thought to be a separate alga called Conchocelis rosea. It was not until 1949 did scientists realize that Conchocelis rosea was actually a life history stage of Porphyra.

Check out all the names that people have called Porphyra in the past!


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