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Name derivation:



Scinaia  Bivona-Bernardi  1822;  44 of 65 species descriptions are currently accepted taxonomically (Guiry and Guiry 2016).

Order Nemaliales;  Family Scinaiaceae



Noncalcified bushy thallus, soft and gelatinous or firm and terete to flat.  Several orders of dichotomous branches lacking constrictions at forks.  Hetromorphic life cycle.  Gametophytes are either monoecious or dioecious.  (Ibid., Dawes and Mathieson 2008).

Similar genera:



Marine subtropical to tropical shallow habitats to 20 m depth.  Reported from Florida, the Dry Tortugas, the Caribbean, Venezuela, eastern tropical Atlantic, and Indo-Pacific (Ibid.).




Dawes, C.J. and A.C. Mathieson 2008. Seaweeds of Florida. University Press of Florida (592 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 30 May  2014.