Seanet High Intertidal

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Hesperophycus californicus P.C. Silva
Phylum Ochrophyta, Class Phaeophyceae, Order Fucales, Family Fucaceae

Thallus to 40 cm tall, flat with regular dichotomous branches 3-12 mm wide; conspicuous white hairs on either side of midrib; olive-green to yellow-brown.

Common, upper mid-intertidal zone, protected outer coast.

Geo Range: Santa Cruz, CA to Baja
Synonyms: Hesperophycus harveyanus
Similar species:
Fucus gardneri lacks fine white hairs.
Image: Silvetia compressa (upper right)