Blastophysa rhizopus Reinke
Algenfl.Westl.Ostsee 87, Pl. 23 (1889)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province.

IBRA Regions: Carnarvon.

IBRA Subregions: Wooramel.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Broome, Carnarvon.

Scientific Description
John Huisman and Cheryl Parker, Thursday 8 September 2016

Habit and structure. Thallus with spherical, ovoid, clavate, pyriform or irregularly shaped cells 50–80 µm diam., scattered in the host cortex but connected by hyaline filaments 2–4 µm diam. Plastids numerous, 3–5 μm diam., each with a prominent pyrenoid.

Distribution. Widespread in temperate and tropical seas of the Northern Hemisphere, less commonly reported from the Southern Hemisphere.

Habitat. Endophytic in larger algae.

[After Huisman, Algae of Australia: Mar. Benthic Algae of North-western Australia, 1. Green and Brown Algae 103 (2015)]