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Name derivation:

(Gr.) bryo moss-like; thamnion small bush


Bryothamnion  Kützing  1843;  3 of 11 species descriptions are currently accepted taxonomically (Guiry and Guiry 2016).


Erect thallus up to 20 cm tall with dense short stiff branches.  Branches cylindrical or flattened, simple to pinnate (Ibid.).

Similar genera:



Subtidal in semitropical to tropical shores (Ibid.).


Dawes, C. J. and A. C. Mathieson. 2008. The seaweeds of Florida. Univ. Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 591 pp.; Taylor, W. R. 1960. Marine algae of the eastern tropical and subtropical coasts of the America. Univ. Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 870 pp.

Guiry, M.D. and G.M. Guiry  2016. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 19 September 2013.