Twig Weed

Polyides rotundus

A flexible and robust, red seaweed with Y-shaped branches.
Twig Weed - Polyides rotundus Red seaweed with Y-shaped branching. The branches are robust, yet flexible. Individual branches are about 1.6 mm thick.

Found subtidal and also washed up in tide pools in southern Maine. Geotagged,Polyides,Polyides rotunda,Polyides rotundus,Spring,Twig Weed,United States,algae,polyides caprinus,red algae,seaweed,twig weed

Appearance

Red seaweed with Y-shaped branching; flexible; robust; branches are 1.6 mm thick; entire plant grows to 200 mm.

Naming

Synonyms:
Fucus rotundus Hudson, 1762
Bifurcaria rotunda (Hudson) Papenfuss, 1950
Chordaria rotunda (Hudson) C.Agardh, 1817
Fucus caprinus Gunnerus, 1766
Fucus furcellatus Mohr, 1786
Fucus radiatus Goodenough & Woodward, 1797
Fucus rotundus Hudson, 1762
Furcellaria rotunda (Hudson) Lyngbye, 1819
Polyides caprinus (Gunnerus) Papenfuss, 1950
Polyides lumbricalis C.Agardh, 1822

Distribution

New York (USA) north to the Arctic.

Habitat

Cold tide pools in Maine and northward; subtidal and in deeper waters southward.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionRhodophyta
ClassFlorideophyceae
OrderGigartinales
FamilyPolyidaceae
GenusPolyides
SpeciesPolyides rotundus