Asparagus Algae (Asparagopsis taxiformis)

Also known as Asparagus Seaweed, Iodine Weed, Macro Algae, Marine Seaweed, Red Algae, Red Sea Plume, Seaweed

Description

Also known as Asparagus Seaweed, Iodine Weed, Macro Algae, Marine Seaweed, Red Algae, Red Sea Plume, Seaweed.

Found small bunches or in large groves attached to solid substrates over moderately exposed rocky shores.
Usually a uniform pinkish colour.
Length - 13cm
Depth - 0-22m
Widespread Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean, Indo-Pacific

Widely used in Hawaii as a condiment and a traditional ingredient of Poke.

As many as 9000 species of algae are spread across the worlds oceans, some can be as much as 30 metres across while others are just a slippery scum over rocks.
Algae grows wherever there is enough light and life supporting conditions.
They support a huge number of marine life both for food and as a home. Ref: https://www.sealifebase.ca/summary/Asparagopsis-taxiformis.html

2 comments

  1. This is a friendly not for profit site aimed more at recreational divers, it is mainly for fish but over time we have been asked about other critters so we try and oblige. We are not professionals and we welcome help from the community!

  2. Posted by Coral
    February 03, 2016 at 09:08 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Why is this even here? It's not a fish and it certainly doesn't feed on plankton. Not to mention the length and depth entries are easy to find if you bother to look. Who put this here?

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