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Wrack is the common name for several species of seaweed in the family Fucaceae. Pelvetia canaliculata (L.) Dcne. et Thur., Fucus spiralis L., Fucus vesiculosus L., Ascophyllum nodosum (L.) Le Jol. and Fucus serratus L. are the most common examples to be found in the British Isles. Others are: Fucus ceranoides L.; Fucus cottonii M.J.Wynne and Magne; Fucus distichus L., and Fucus evanescans C.Agardh.
These algae are large and being common have "common" names in English. F. serratus is known as "Toothed Wrack"; Fucus vesiculosus is known as "Bladder Wrack"; Fucus spiralis is known as "Spiral Wrack"; Ascophyllum nodosum is known as "Knotted Wrack" and Pelvetia canaliculata is known as "Channelled Wrack".
These species along, with others, are found worldwide. For more information, see the species names or genus name:
- Genus Ascophyllum:
- Genus Fucus:
- Fucus distichus L. California, (USA).
- Fucus edentarulus De la Pylaie. Northeastern North America.
- Fucus evanescens C.Agardh. Northeastern North America.
- Fucus filiformis Gmelin. Northeastern North America.
- Fucus gardneri Silva. Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
- Fucus miclonensis De la Pylaie. Northeastern North America.
- Fucus serratus L.Europe. Northeastern North America.
- Fucus spiralis L.Europe. Northeastern North America.
- Fucus vesiculosus L. Europe,including Greenland; northeastern North America.
- Genus Hesperophycus:
- Hesperophycus harveyanus (Decne.) S.& G. California, (USA).
- Genus Pelvetia:
- Genus Pelvetiopsis:
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