Gigartinales Cystocloniaceae

Hypnea musciformis (Wulfen) Lamouroux

Distribution

Dwarka: N 22° 14.61'; E 68° 57.28' Okha: N 22° 28.51'; E 69° 04.48' Porbandar: N 21° 37.92'; E 69° 36.48' Shivrajpur: N 22° 19.87'; E 68° 56.95' Veraval: N 20° 54.87'; E 70° 20.83'

Hypnea musciformis (Wulfen) Lamouroux

Thallus form and type

Substratum

Occurrence

Season

Abundance

Description

Remark

Bushy with apical hooks Intertidal rocks

Mid littoral zone, tide pools, epiphyte on larger algae

November-April

Dense

Plants pinkish red in colour, up to 30 cm in length, initially attached to substratum, later often free floating, freely branched; branches covered with short spine like branches, apices of the branches often thickened and incurved in the form of hook like structures (Figs. a, b).

All Hypnea species are used for food and medicines in China, Japan and other countries and yield k-carrageenan. Cultivation technology (monocline method) has been developed by CSMCRI, Bhavnagar

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