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Endocladia muricata (Endlicher) J.Agardh
Phylum Rhodophyta, Class Florideophyceae, Order Gigartinales, Family Endocladiaceae

Thallus 4-8 cm tall, short & bushy; branches cylindrical with sub-dichotomous branching; covered with minute conical spines; blackish-brown to dark red.

Abundant, high to mid-intertidal zones, exposed & protected outer coast; forms top-most conspicuous band of macroalgae in high intertidal zone of central California.

Geo Range: Alaska to Baja
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Image:
Balanus glandula (right of cntr), Mastocarpus papillatus (top cntr)

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