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DescriptionA short soft, fleshy thallus arises and expands immediately from a small round (discoid) holdfast. The stipe is inconspicuous or absent and the crimson, brownish or purple-red fronds are much divided spreading out into wedge shaped divisions of about 1-3 cm broad. The whole blade can be up to 15 cm long and fan shaped with overlapping sections. Frond tips are rounded and end in tiny marginal leaflets giving a fringed appearance.Often confused with Cryptopleura ramosa with which it often grows and can be distinguished if Cryptopleura ramosa shows iridescence as Callophyllis lacinata does not.