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Elongated Sea Pearl

Valonia macrophysa

Description:

The Elongated Sea Pearl is a Green Algae. Groups grow in tight clusters in shady areas like north side of walls, under overhangs and in recesses. deeper than 2 feet.

Habitat:

Attached to hard objects by fine, hair-like runners, in shallow water and in turtle grass beds. Tend to be solitary, but occasionally in small groups. Distribution: South Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Notes:

They are very similar to Sea Pearls but are smaller, growth to less than 1 inch in diameter. Because of the similarities of the two species,

2 species ID suggestions

Elongated Sea Pearls
Valonia macrophysa

9 Comments

tibiprada
tibiprada 6 years ago

LivanEscudero; pic 1 :Sea Pearl (Ventricaria ventricosa)

tibiprada
tibiprada 6 years ago

LivanEscudero: genius ... nice having you around!

LivanEscudero
LivanEscudero 6 years ago

These are a very cool looking Green Algae. They normally grow attached to a reef or sea floor, but some times some of them get ripped off by storms or animals or something then float around like this spotting I had:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/830...
Now, mine is a Sea Pearl (Ventricaria ventricosa) But I think yours is the Elongated I mentioned in the suggestion, based on the shape of pic 2.

Seema
Seema 6 years ago

Indeed very interesting...

jakewade97
jakewade97 6 years ago

?

tibiprada
tibiprada 6 years ago

I mean.. spotted on the beach...not a hoarder ..I swear :-)

tibiprada
tibiprada 6 years ago

cammie ; not sure ... I believe it is a sea plant .. collected on the beach after a storm.

Cammie C. Myers
Cammie C. Myers 6 years ago

What is that!? Is that really a plant???

harsuame
harsuame 6 years ago

Nice!!

Florida, USA

Lat: 25.99, Long: -80.14

Spotted on Sep 1, 2011
Submitted on Apr 26, 2012

Spotted for mission

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