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Colaconema spongicola (Weber-van Bosse) Woelkerling 1971: 41, fig.14A-F

Plants filamentous, irregularly branched; with the exception of monosporangia completely endozoic. Filament diameter 2-7 µm, the cells 1-10 times as long as broad, in general long and narrow cells in main filaments, short and broader cells in lateral branches. Monosporangia exserted, ca. 9 x 7 µm.

Collections, ecology and regional distribution

Recorded from Hout Bay (west coast) to Bird Island (16-38), in subtidal sponges.

World distribution: also recorded from Indonesia and South Australia (W. Guiry in Guiry & Guiry 2017)..

Type locality: Aru Islands, Indonesia (Woelkerling & Womersley 1994).

Notes: see discussions (as Audouinella spongicola) in Stegenga (1985) and Stegenga et al. (1997) for further illustrations and details of relationships with other species.


Colaconema spongicola, in sponge. Host surface shown by dotted line. (Reproduced from Stegenga et al. 1997; as Audouinella spongicola).


References Colaconema spongicola

Guiry, Wendy in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2017. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 23 May 2017.

Stegenga, H. (1985). The marine Acrochaetiaceae (Rhodophyta) of southern Africa. South African Journal of Botany 51: 291-330, 25 figs, 1 table.

Stegenga, H., Bolton, J.J. and R. J. Anderson. 1997. Seaweeds of the South African west coast. Contributions from the Bolus Herbarium 18: 655 pp.

Woelkerling, W.J. (1971). Morphology and taxonomy of the Audouinella complex (Rhodophyta) in southern Australia. Australian Journal of Botany (Suppl. 1): 1-91, 27 figs, 2 tables.

Woelkerling, W.J. & Womersley, H.B.S. (1994). Order Acrochaetiales Feldmann 1953: 12. In: The marine benthic flora of southern Australia. Rhodophyta - Part IIIA. (Womersley, H.B.S. Eds), pp. 42-76.


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.