Bryopsidophyceae | Bryopsidales
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Benthic; depth range 40 - 90 m (Ref. 84622). Temperate
Southwest Pacific, Northeast Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
The thallus looks, youth, almost perfectly spherical, then flattens out and hollowed in the middle. Reaches 40 cm in diameter. Rough to the touch, hollow inside and easily compressible. Color varies from light green to very dark green. Sometimes microscopic blue-green algae can cover the top of a red thallus. For its texture can be confused with a sponge (Ref. 84622).
Form small colonies. Reproduction takes place in the autumn to fragmentation of the thallus. Found on rocky bottoms or Posidonia oceanica. Common to the surface - about 40 meters and well-lit depths down to 90 meters. Eradicated by the storm surges can be found in areas of shore or surf. Form small colonies (Ref. 84622).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Guiry, M.D. and G.M. Guiry. 2009. (Ref. 80701)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Common namesSynonymsPredatorsReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
Estimates of some properties based on models
): 10.3 - 18.6, mean 14.3 (based on 86 cells).