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Scientific name: Leptophytum spp
Common name: Thin coralline crust
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Rhodophyta Macrorhodophytina Florideophyceae Not Defined Corallinales Not Defined Corallinaceae Melobesioideae Leptophytum Leptophytum spp


Short Description:

Thin,flat sheet that forms over rock surfaces.The overall colour is pinkish with white edges,It has bumps that erodes to form white caps


A pinkish flat encrusted sheet on rock surfaxes

Size: Crust 5-10mm thick
Behaviour: Forms sheets of crust on rock surfaces
Distribution: Cape Point to Natal
Depth: 1-20m
Habitat: Rocky areas in the sub tidal zone
  • Two Oceans
    (A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa
    GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley
Similar Species:
  • None on Database

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-11-22 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Kraal 16 300mm 11m Canon Powershot G10 photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-11-22 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Kraal 16 250mm 11m Canon Powershot G10 photo
Sharon Clark-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-11-21 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Phillips Reef 17 300mm 10m Canon Powershot A70 photo
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