Friday, February 29, 2008

Funnel weed

Funnel weed (Padina species) has another name - peacock's tail; personally I don't think it is as pretty as a peacock's tail.

I saw this at Mettams Pool. The upper surface of the 'leaves' (fronds) is calcified - a feature common in green and red algae but not so in brown algae.

Robust growth of Padina on the North Cottelsoe Reef.

Padina growing between Sargassum (?) on the North Cottelsoe Reef.

Lots of Padina clusters on the South Cottesloe Reef.

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