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Coral Leaf Seaweed

Author: Raymond Sito, Paul Guevarra, and Duncan Bailey

Common Name: Coral Leaf Seaweed

Scientific Name: Calliarthron spp. and Bossiella spp.


Identifying Features: The reddish-pink thalli are hard having cell walls with calcium carbonate.  It has uncalcified joints that allow it to flex and wave in the current.  Dead specimens appear white resembling a skeleton.

Habitat: The coralline algaes similar to these species are common on rocky shore lines and around the rim of tidepools or in the cracks and crevices of large rocks and fissures.