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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Giant Cladophora Cladophora mirabilis

A giant among Cladophora species, C. mirabilis grows to 40 in (1 m) long. It is bluish green and filamentous, with many straggly side-branches. Giant Cladophora is made up of strings of cells, but individual cells in the main axis may be in (12 mm) long. The plant attaches using a disk made of interwoven extensions of its basal cell, and often has red algae growing on it. It has a very limited distribution in South Africa, but other species of Cladophora are common worldwide.

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  • Class Cladophorophyceae
  • Length Up to 40 in (100 cm)
  • Habitat Subtidal rocks and kelp
  • Water_temperature 50–59°F (10–15°C)
  • Distribution Southern Atlantic off southwest Africa