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Capo Gallo Dicotoma.jpg
Dictyota dichotoma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
Division: Heterokontophyta
Class: Phaeophyceae
Order: Dictyotales
Bory de Saint-Vincent


Dictyotales is a large order in the brown algae (class Phaeophyceae).[1] Members of this order generally prefer warmer waters than other brown algae. One genus in this order is calcareous, Padina, the only calcareous member of this phylum.[2]

Dictyota dominates 70% of the benthos biomass in the Florida Keys reef tract.[3] The successful spread of this alga is due in part to its ability to asexually reproduce from fragments created by "biotic and abiotic disturbances".[3]


  1. ^ Guiry, MD; GM Guiry (2006). "AlgaeBase version 4.2". World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 
  2. ^ Lee, RE (1999). Phycology (Third ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-63883-6. 
  3. ^ a b Beach, Kevin S; Walters, Linda J (2000). "Dictyota bloom in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: Fragments and fouling.". In: Hallock and French (eds). Diving for Science...2000. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Scientific Diving Symposium (American Academy of Underwater Sciences). Retrieved 2011-01-07. 

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