Tufted Coralline Algae

Scientific name
Corallina officinalis
Common names
Tufted Coralline Algae
Life on the Edge
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Group
Red Algae
Where to find
Rocky reefs; mid intertidal
Description
Tufted Coralline Algae have pink, evenly divided branches. Reinforced with calcium carbonate this pink, delicate, feathery alga has a crunchy feel.

This red alga is one of the most common alga seen washed up on the intertidal reef. It forms mats of tufted thalli (branches) that have been bleached by exposure to sunlight, ranging from pink through to white.