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"Mermaid's bladder" Kelp Sep 2014.<br />
It grows on rock from the low intertidal to subtidal; it prefers semi-exposed habitats or high current areas.These were washed ashore in a beach near Piedras Blancas, CA. Fall,Geotagged,Nereocystis luetkeana,United States Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

"Mermaid's bladder" Kelp

Sep 2014.
It grows on rock from the low intertidal to subtidal; it prefers semi-exposed habitats or high current areas.These were washed ashore in a beach near Piedras Blancas, CA.

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  1. Fascinating creature!
    I'm kind of struggling with the taxonomy. I wonder which is the best kingdom and division to use that is somewhat consistent with what we got. Thoughts?
    Posted 5 years ago
    1. I have not much idea about the most correct way> Here are some links with classifications :-)
      http://www.algaebase.org/search/species/detail/?species_id=4884
      http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/eco/taxalab/bio2002/nereocystisl.htm
      http://eol.org/pages/902899/overview
      Posted 5 years ago

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''Nereocystis'' is a monotypic genus of kelp containing the species ''Nereocystis luetkeana''. Some common names include edible kelp, bull kelp, bullwhip kelp, ribbon kelp, giant kelp, bladder wrack, and variations on these names. It forms thick beds on rocks, and is an important part of kelp forests. It can grow to a maximum of 36 m . ''Nereocystis'' has a holdfast of about 40 cm , and a single stipe, topped with a pneumatocyst containing carbon monoxide, from which sprout the numerous blades... more

Similar species: Laminariales
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Uploaded Aug 14, 2017. Captured Sep 24, 2014 19:39 in Cabrillo Hwy, San Simeon, CA 93452, USA.
  • SP-820UZ
  • f/4.5
  • 10/2500s
  • ISO80
  • 6.8mm