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What is this "red beard" stuff?

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by tarponchik, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    Akumal reefs, found mostly on sea fans and alike. Clogs are 3-5" across but some are up to 6-8".
     

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  2. Reminds me of the invasive red growth the Martians brought to earth in the movie 'War of the Worlds' (with Tom Cruise)
     
  3. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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    It is a rhodophyte of some kind. Best guess is a Gracilaria, given the strand size you're describing.
     
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  4. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    Location: USA
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    83
  5. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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    Perhaps that wiki entry should substitute "highly palatable" with "reasonably digestible".
     

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