Scientific Name: Chaetomorpha linum
Number of Blades/Leaves: 10
Blade/Leaf Width: .02” (.5mm)
Distribution: Chaetomorpha linum is an intertidal and supralittoral species that can be found in groups of hundreds or thousands of individuals in sandy areas, on rocks or around tide pools. It is found around the British Isles and around Europe into the Mediterranean. In North America it is to be found along the Atlantic coast and in California.
Description: Chaetomorpha linum is a delicate green seaweed. Also known as spaghetti algae, it grows as a filamentous loosely entangled mass. Usually free-floating, it may also be attached to rocks and shells. The filaments themselves are unbranched and usually between 5 and 30cm in length. The unattached filaments are wiry, stiff and curled in appearance. It is bright light to dark green in color.