Dictyopteris australis

Dictyopteris australis

Size: 30 cm thallus length

Distribution: SA gulf waters

Habitat: Rocky reef and rubble

Depth: Subtidal to 10 metres

Dictyopteris australis

A flat-bladed forking brown algae, this species is a pale golden to greenish brown in colour, usually about 10-30 cm long. Its fronds have a distinctive pale vein-like midline, with tufts of short hairs growing from the midline to the edge of the frond, arranged in rows. These features help to ensure this species cannot be easily confused with other brown algae.