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Species of the Month October 2007

M. Lichenoides (c) Fiona CrouchCommon name: Red coralline algae

Latin name: Mesophyllum lichenoides

A type of red seaweed (Algae)


Key Features

  • A shell-like plant growing in clumps.
  • Very fragile fan-shaped fronds .
  • Rosy pink in colour, bleaches to yellow/white in summer.
  • Narrow white trim.

Where to look:

On the lower shore in rockpoools usually attached to Corallina officinalis.

Effects of warmer seas:

Become more widespread.