Metagoniolithon charoides

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Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Port Denison (WA) to Walkerville (Vic) and around Tasmania [15]

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Common on rough-water coasts but less so on coasts of moderate water movement. Occurs from low tide level to 32 m deep, with deeper water plants1

Flower description:

N/A

Habit:

Epilithic red algae with medium red-brown thalli, 5-15 cm high, densely tufted with few to many erect axes from crustose holdfasts1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The thallus is robust and epilithic with branches of 1-2 mm in diameter at the base1

Images:
Image of Metagoniolithon charoides
Image of Metagoniolithon charoides Image: Heroen Verbruggen
Conservation status:

References:

1 Womersley, H. B. S. (1996). “The marine benthic flora of Southern Australia. Rhodophyta. Part IIIB, Gracilariales, Rhodymeniales, Corallinales and Bonnemaisoniales”. ABRS, Canberra.