Pyropia tenera

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Pyropia tenera
Pyropia tenera
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Archaeplastida
Division: Rhodophyta
Class: Bangiophyceae
Order: Bangiales
Family: Bangiaceae
Genus: Pyropia
Species: P. tenera
Binomial name
Pyropia tenera
(Kjellman, 1897)

Pyropia tenera, also known as nori, is a red algal species in the genus Pyropia. The specific name, tenera, means "delicate" and alludes to its small size. It typically grows to lengths between 20 and 50 cm. It is most typically found in the western Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.


In both Wales and Japan, P. tenera (and P. yezoensis) serve as a principle component of dried seaweed food, and has been actively cultivated since ancient times. In Japan, it is most often used in nori, (and in China as zicai, and Korea as gim), and as such is a prime ingredient in sushi. In Wales (and to some degree, England), it is used in the traditional food, laver.


External links[edit]

"Pyropia tenera". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.