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Phylum: Rhodophyta   Family: Gigartinaceae

Chondrus crispus  Stackhouse, 1797

Irish Moss

A variable species, much depending on what part of the intertidal shore it's growing. Sublittoral plants are more elongate. The holdfast is disc-shaped giving rise to a slightly flattened stipe and dichotomous growth

Determiner: 
Chris Johnson

References: 
Fish & Fish (2011) - A Student's Guide to the Seashore;
Bunker, et al - Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland;
Hiscock (1986) - A Field Key to the British Red Seaweeds

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