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Blidingia minima

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Watch out! This seaweed is dangerous! When the air is damp, the dike slopes covered with Blidingia minima are very slippery! Blidingia minima is a smaller, thinner verison of gutweed. It grows on hard objects such as dikes, poles, rocks, harbour piers and pontoons. It is the most characteristic seaweed in the splash zone, the area which is just reachable for waves during high tide. This zone is often referred to as the 'Blidingia zone'. Periwinkles gladly feed on Blidingia.
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Blidingia minima

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Blidingia minima is a species of seaweed in the Kornmanniaceae family. It was described by Johann Kylin in 1947.[2]

Description

The species is 1–10 centimetres (0.39–3.94 in) long by 1–2 millimetres (0.039–0.079 in) wide and is light green in colour.[3] It fronds are tubular with it cell arrangement being irregular and 10 micrometres (0.00039 in) in diameter. Stellate chloroplasts also exist. The tubes rise in groups from the center.[4] It thalli grow as clusters which carry cylindrical and hollow tubes which arise from discoidal cushion.[5] The tubes are 1–20 millimetres (0.039–0.787 in) long and 2 millimetres (0.079 in) wide. Thallus cells are 7 micrometres (0.00028 in) wide and are angular.[6]

Distribution

The species is found throughout eastern part of Asia in such countries as China, Japan, Korea and eastern part of Russia.[5] It is also found in Azores, Canada, Norway, South Africa, United States, and various gulfs, seas and oceans, such as Gulf of Maine and Gulf of Mexico and in Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and Wadden Sea.[2] Besides this places it have a type locality which is Helgoland, Germany[7] and is also common in Ireland and Great Britain.[8] It was recorded in Queensland, Australia as well.[9]

English distribution

In England, the species was recorded from East Sussex.[10]

Habitat

It is found growing on cobble, boulders, bedrocks, barnacles, driftwood and even on different algae species throughout the semi-protected and protected areas.[5]

Ecology

Blidingia minima is considered to be a food for periwinkles.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Blidingia minima (Nägeli ex Kützing) Kylin var. minima". University Herbarium. Berkeley: Center for Phycological Documentation. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Guiry, Michael D (2013). "Blidingia minima (Nägeli ex Kützing) Kylin, 1947". WoRMS. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  3. ^ "Blidingia minima (Nageli ex Kutzing) Kylin, 1947". Svalbard's Macroalgae. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "A green seaweed - Blidingia minima". The Marine Life Information Network. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "Blidingia minima". Seaweed of Alaska. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Joel A. Swanson & Gary L. Floyd (October 1978). "Fine Structure of the Zoospores and Thallus of Blidingia minima". Transactions of the American Microscopical Society. 97 (4): 549–558. doi:10.2307/3226170. JSTOR 3226170.
  7. ^ Silva; Basson & Moe (1996). "Blidingia minima": 728. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "Blidingia minima (Nägeli ex Kützing) Kylin, 1947". AlgaeBase. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  9. ^ "Blidingia minima". Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. WetlandInfo. May 9, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  10. ^ "English distribution". BioImages: The Virtual Field-Guide (UK). Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  11. ^ "Blidingia minima". Ecomare. Archived from the original on June 24, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
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Blidingia minima: Brief Summary

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Blidingia minima is a species of seaweed in the Kornmanniaceae family. It was described by Johann Kylin in 1947.

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