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Name derivation:

(L.) acantho spine, phora bearing


Acanthophora  J.V. Lamouroux  1813;  7 of 26 spexcies descriptions are currently accepted taxonomically (Guiry and Guiry 2016).

Synonym Acanthochondria Weber-van Bosse 1910.


Brittle spiny thallus up to 25 cm tall with irregular branching, variable color from reddish brown to brown, green or yellow (Littler and Littler).

Similar genera:


Tropical marine habitats, widely distributed (Guiry and Guiry 2016).



Dawes, C.J. and A.C. Mathieson  2008. Seaweeds of Florida. University Press of Florida (592 pp).

Guiry, M.D., and G.M. Guiry  2013.  AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.  http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 16 January 2013.

Lamouroux, J.V.F.  1813.  Essai sur les genres de la famille des thalassiophytes non articulées.  Annales du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris 20: 21-47, 115-139, 267-293, pls 7-13.

Weber-van Bosse, A.  1910.  Notice sur uelques genres nouveaux d’algues de l’Archipel Malaisien.  Annales du Jardin Botanique de Buitenzorg, Leiden, Sér. 2, 9:1-25.