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Name derivation:

‘Sea Feather’   Gr. Hali- sea,  ptilon feather


Haliptilon (Decaisne) Lindley  1846;  2 of 23 species descriptions are currently accepted taxonomically (Guiry and Guiry 2016).

Order Corallinales;  Family Corallinaceae



Erect highly calcified thallus, articulate with repeated branches, with several axes and a basal crust.  Branching dichotomous to pinnate, segments compressed.  Relatively small, a few mm to ~4 cm tall.  Dioecious gametophytes (Dawes and Mathieson 2008).

Similar genera:


Tropical marine coasts, usually epilithic on limestone;  reported from Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, eastern tropical Atlantic, Pakistan and the Philippines (Ibid.).  Also Mediterranean Sea.




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

Guiry, M.D. and G.M. Guiry  2014.  AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 30 May  2014.

Lindley J.  1846.  The vegetable kingdom; or, the structure, classification, and uses of plants, illustrated upon the natural system...with upwards of five hundred illustrations. pp. [i], [frontisp. = p. ii], p. [iii]-lxviii, [1]-908, text-figs 1-526. London: published for the author, by Bradbury & Evans.