Spaghetti algae (Chaetomorpha linum)
|Researched by||Morvan Barnes||Refereed by||Admin|
|Authority||(O.F.Müller) Kützing, 1845|
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound throughout the coasts of British Isles and Ireland.
HabitatChaetomorpha linum is an intertidal and supralittoral species that can be found in groups of hundreds or thousands of individuals in sandy areas, on rocks or around tide pools.
- Bright green seaweed up to 30cm long.
- Loosely entangled unattached filaments.
- Filaments are stiff and curled.
- Cylindrical or slightly swollen cells.
- Cells up to 0.4 mm in diameter, 0.8 mm in length.
Additional informationSpaghetti algae, though not palatable to many herbivorous species, is popular in reef aquariums for its ability to remove nitrates, assist in buffering pH, uptake carbon dioxide producing oxygen, and assist in balancing trace elements. It also provides hiding spaces for small creatures.
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Last Updated: 22/05/2008