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Laurencia microcladia
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Archaeplastida
Division: Rhodophyta
Class: Rhodophyceae
Order: Ceramiales
Family: Rhodomelaceae
Genus: Laurencia
J. V. Lamouroux [1]

Laurencia is a genus of red algae that mostly occurs in the sea near islands. Some of the most common types of Laurencia include the common shallow subtidal Laurencia nidifica,[2] Laurencia brongniartii on the Protea banks, Laurencia complanata near Hluleka, Laurencia flexuosa in False Bay, Laurencia glomerata in Port Nolloth and Melkbosstrand, Laurencia natalensis from Pearly Beach to Agulhas, Laurencia obtusa in Cape Hangklip, Laurencia peninsularis, which is endemic from False Bay to East London and Laurencia pumila which ranges from Tsitsikamma to Mozambique.

List of species (British Isles)[edit]

Laurencia hybrid (A.P. de Candolle) Lenormand ex Duby

Laurencia obtuse (Hudson) Lamouroux

Laurencia osmunda (S.G. Gmelin) Maggs & Hommersand

Laurencia pinnatifida (Hudson) Lamouroux

Laurencia pyramidalis Bory ex Kützing

Laurencia truncate Kützing [3]


  1. ^ M. D. Guiry & G. M. Guiry. "Laurencia J.V.Lamouroux, 1813: 130". AlgaeBase. National University of Ireland, Galway. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ Marine Algae of Hawai`i Friday 20 April 2012
  3. ^ Maggs, C.A. & Hommersand, M.H. 1993. Seaweeds of the British Isles. Volume 1. Rhodophyta Part 3A Ceramiales. London: HMSO. ISBN 0 11 310045 0