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Order Cladophorales

Family Cladophoraceae

Cladophora lehmanniana (Lindenberg) Kützing 1843: 268

Plants green, single or clustered in tufts, epilithic or epiphytic. Pseudodichotomous filaments arising from base of rhizoids, profusely branched from almost all distal cells, tapering slightly, often with unilaterally arranged branchlets; laterals usually at angle of 45o or more. Growth apical and intercalary. Apical cells 90-160 µm in diameter, 2-10 times as long as broad, apices rounded; cells of mid thallus 90-330 µm in diameter, 2-10 times as long as broad.

Description based on Womersley (1984) and Leliaert & Coppejans (2003).

Collections ecology and regional distribution

Recorded from Cape Agulhas and the south coast by Barton (1893: 55), and we have one record from Kini Bay, near East London (22-41). Reported to occur in intertidal and subtidal shaded habitats (Leliaert & Coppejans 2003).

World distribution

Also recorded from numerous warm temperate and tropical localities (Guiry & Guiry 2012).

Type locality: Helgoland, Germany (van den Hoek 1963).

Note: This species was recorded from South Africa by Barton (1893:55) as C. spinulosa and C. nuda (Leliaert & Coppejans 2003).


Cladophora lehmanniana, whole thallus, stained slide

Cladophora lehmanniana, detail of branch apices



Barton, E.S. (1893). A provisional list of the marine algae of the Cape of Good Hope. Journal of Botany, London, 31: 53-56,81-84, 110-114, 138-144, 171-177, 202-210.

Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2012. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched July 2012.

Kützing, F.T. (1843). Phycologia generalis oder Anatomie, Physiologie und Systemkunde der Tange... Mit 80 farbig gedruckten Tafeln, gezeichnet und gravirt vom Verfasser. pp. [part 1]: [i]-xxxii, [1]-142, [part 2:] 143-458, 1, err.], pls 1-80. Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus.

Leliaert, F. and E.Coppejans. 2003. The marine species of Cladophora (Chlorophyta) from the South African east coast. Nova Hedwigia 76: 48-52.

van den Hoek, C. 1963. Revision of the European species of Cladophora. Brill, Leiden.

Womersley, H.B.S. (1984). The marine benthic flora of southern Australia. Part I. pp. 329, 102 figs, 16 plates. Adelaide: Government Printer, South Australia.


Cite this record as:

Anderson RJ, Stegenga H, Bolton JJ. 2016. Seaweeds of the South African South Coast.
World Wide Web electronic publication, University of Cape Town,; Accessed on 26 February 2024.