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Dead Man’s Fingers

Codium fragile


This siphonous macroalga is dark green in color. It appears as a fuzzy patch of tubular fingers. These formations hang down from rocks during low tide, hence the nickname "dead man's fingers". The branches, or fingers, are up to 1 cm wide, and can extend to lengths of over 30 cm. It has no asexual (sporophyte) stage, and male and female gametes are both produced on separate plants.


Adriatic and Mediterranean seas . Attaches to hard surfaces (rocks, shells, ship hulls). Codium fragile occurs in the low intertidal zone, and subtidal on high-energy beaches.


Also known as: green sea fingers, felty fingers, felt-alga, green sponge and green fleece.

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1 Comment

injica 7 years ago

Može biti, nikako da nađem na lokacije, to bi sigurno pomoglo u razlikovanju Codium vermilara od fragile.

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Spotted on Feb 23, 2012
Submitted on Apr 2, 2013

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