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Species of the Month April 2008

Dabberlocks (c) R. Mitchell / JNCC

Common name: Dabberlocks

Latin name: Alaria esculenta

A type of brown seaweed (Algae)


Key Features

  • Narrow, ribbon like, slightly wavy frond (blade).
  • Midrib along the length of the frond (blade).
  • Attached to rock with claw like holdfast.
  • Yellowish, olive-green or brown in colour.

Where to look:

In rockpools on the lower shore .

Effects of warmer seas:

Thought to be tempreature senstive. Range retreat northwards

Effects on the environment:

Thought to be sensitive to changes in tempreature

More information:

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