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Mastocarpus stellatus Marine Alga

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Phylum: Rhodophyta   Family: Phyllophoraceae

Mastocarpus stellatus  (Stackhouse) Guiry, 1984

Grape Pip Weed; False Irish Moss

A common and variable red seaweed that can look decidedly brown. The frond is curved giving a channelled and twisted appearance. Usually covered in papillae that are actually reproductive structures. Found on the lower part of rocky shores

Fish & Fish (2011) - A Student's Guide to the Seashore;
Bunker, et al - Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland