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The Algae Gallery

Red Algae: Rhodophyta

Red Algae: Rhodophyta

The Rhodophyta consists of approximately 5,000 species of marine algae mainly found in tropical and subtropical waters. They range from microscopic to macroscopic in size. Red algae are characterized by reddish pigments (phycoerythrin). They usually grow attached to rocks or other algae, but they are a few that are unicellular or colonial. Red Algae are very high in vitamins and proteins and are relatively simple to cultivate which are the main reasons it is a popular food source in Asian cuisine.

Useful links about Rhodophyta:

University of California Museum of Paleontology

Wikipedia: Red Algae

Oilgae An online resource for algae energy

Tree of Life Project A collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world

 

Brown Algae: Phaeophyta

Brown Algae: Phaeophyta

The Phaeophyta consists of mostly marine multicellular algae. They are considered the most complex forms of algae. There are about 1500-2000 different species of brown algae that are predominant in the temperate zones of the Northern hemisphere. The brown color contains the xanthophylls pigment which is very important for the adaptation of brown algae in deep sea water.

Useful links about Rhodophyta:

Buzzle - intelligent life on the web

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

University of California Museum of Paleontology

Reef Education Network

 

Green Algae- Chlorophyta

Green Algae- Chlorophyta

Chlorophyta is a division of green algae that includes about 7,000 species. Green Algae are the most diverse group of algae. They are found in temperate and tropical waters. In the tropics, they are found in all zones of coral reefs. They have similar characteristics of plants and certain types are referred to as sea lettuce (Ulva). They are often found attached to rocks, on sand, and animals and other plants. They are often seen in tide pools at low tide.

Useful links about Chlorophyta :

Berkeley school of Paleontology

Reef Education Network

 

Additional Algae Links:

A lot of algae have some economic importance or are producers of secondary products used in the food and drug industry. read more

This is a site from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History that includes everything you ever wanted to know about Algae and Algae Research. read more

Want to see photos of every type of algae that exists? read more

Want to see more photos of every type of algae that exists? read more