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Maerl

Observed: 4th August 2012 By: dejayM
Biological Recording In ScotlandHighland Biological Recording GroupOrkney Biodiversity Records Centre
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Maërl
P1080192
Description:

A calcified seaweed (coralline algae)
Occasionally found in abundance on shores here but rarely a whole, gently-weathered piece, like this.
Said to be a very good soil conditioner and plant food.
WoRMS name

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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Lithothamnium calcareum

Yes Mark, Thanks. I think you right. Interesting that the web suggests side effects!
I have just put up another photo as I see that it has not been posted before in iSpot.
It is often found in stranded tide-banks here. I will put up more photos when I can.

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Just catching up

I think that WORMS gives the current name as Phymatolithon calcareum.
Jo

Jo

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prompt

Yes Jo. I was so new then that I did not properly question the name that Mark offered. As you see I have editted in the accepted name in Description. Thanks for your prompt.
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JoC's picture

Red on red

There is an endemic red seaweed called Cruoria cruoriaformis which only grows on maërl. I look forward to a posting of that if you can find it. (Ref Seasearch Seaweed guide)
Jo
p.s I have just learned from Lavateraguy here  how to do italicised text for latin names.

Jo

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Latin

Origin 23 Sept
Things have changed since you last italicised. No longer can basic code be used to complete that trick!
Added
I have been searching for a few weeks for your Cruoria cruoriaformis
to find it hiding under its real name Cruoria cruoriaeformis - will you pay petrol expenses?
http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=3096
I will eventually have go to FairIsle http://www.gbif.org/species/2666499!

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FairIsle

Oh, no, I made a speeling mistake in the name,; so I am not infallible after all.
Can't you take the canoe to FI?
My desktop is not working. The new part comes tomorrow. In the meantime I am catching up on some 'flags, in my iSpot using the iPad. It's sloooow....
Jo

Jo