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Abundant low-tide seaweed found in Greater Cumbrae

Observed: 7th July 2011 By: to521
Abundant low-tide seaweed found in Greater Cumbrae
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lalows's picture

Could it be gut weed - Enteromorpha intestinalis

Bit hard to tell from the pic,gutweed is normally quite a bright green. However I'm not a seaweed expert and only familiar with the local ones here in Blackpool so there could be other similar species.

Nature girl's picture

I think you're on the right

I think you're on the right track there lalows, although I would say that it could be spiral weed (Ulva linza) - formerly Enteromorpha linza - as there don't appear to be any trapped air bubbles which are characteristic of gutweed and also the lamina are twisted. However, as you say, they are usually bright green so perhaps this one has faded or maybe it's a different species completely! Is there any more info you could give us to521, like the texture of the seaweed and the colour it was when you found it?