Tangle

Tangle

Algae Laminaria hyperborea The tangle is the largest kelp species in Iceland. It can grow up to five meters in length and up to 20 years old. It has a long leafless stem and a large blade at the end of the stem that divides into many parts. The stalk is big and strong...
Sugar kelp

Sugar kelp

Algae Laminaria saccharina The sugar kelp is one of the big kelps that are the “trees” in the kelp forests. It has a short stem but one long unfolded blade that resembles a belt. Another common name is therefore sea belt. It can grow up to 5 meters long, but the...
Bladder wrack

Bladder wrack

Algae Fucus vesiculosus Benthic algae are characteristic on stony and rocky shores where there is not too much surf. However, if the substrate is fine, or the wave action to high, the algae will not be able to attach to the bottom. However, the species differ in how...
Red hornweed

Red hornweed

Projects Ceramium virgatum The red hornweed is small and branched red algae that can grow about 30 cm long. It is widely found in the lower seashore and just below. It grows on rocks or on other larger algae. The red hornweed is found all over the world, in the...
Green tarantula weed

Green tarantula weed

Projects Acrosiphonia arcta Green tarantula weed is still one of the most common green algae on Icelandic seashores. This filamentous and branched alga forms 5 to 10 cm of green mats at the bottom when submerged. On the dry, however, it resembles green slime. The...
Brown slime

Brown slime

Projects Ectocarpus siliculosus Brown slime is a filamentous algae and each strand is just one cell in width. It grows on a solid surface, often on other algae. The threads are very narrow which makes it slimy. We therefore call it brown slime as it really does not...
Sea beech

Sea beech

Algae Delesseria sanguinea Sea Beech is one of the red alga. It can reach 10 to 30 cm high and is a bright red in color. The leaves of the sea beech begin growing in late winter and are fully grown late in the spring. Late in the summer the leaves fall off from the...
Feathered wing weed

Feathered wing weed

Algae Ptilota gunneri Feathered wing weed is a beautiful red algae that can be found as an undergrowth in kelp forests. The branches resemble feathers and that is where the name comes from. The feathered wing weed often grows on other organisms, such as sponges or...
Green laver

Green laver

Algae Monostroma grevillei The green laver is thin bladelike green algae often seen in the low intertidal zone and in shallow waters. It is so thin that it is almost opaque, it only one cell in thickness. It is also called sea cellophane. The green laver is perfectly...
Sea oak

Sea oak

Skarðsfjöður Phycodrys rubens​ The sea oak is small red algae that grows about 30 cm long. The stems and branches are thin and branched, at the ends of which are red and thin leaves. The sea oak resembles a tiny oak, therefore the name. It is common in the lower part...
Sea sorrel

Sea sorrel

Algae Desmarestia aculeata The sea sorrel is a filamentous and branched alga that resembles dirty long hair. However, if one looks carefully, one can see that this is brown algae and its leaves have become a kind of thorns. The sea sorrel attaches to rocks or boulders...

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