Seanet Low Intertidal

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Pikea californica Harvey
Phylum Rhodophyta,Class Florideophyceae, Order Gigartinales, Family Dumontiaceae

Thallus 5-10 cm tall, bushy; main branches 1-1.5 mm wide with pointed, pinnate side branches; dark red, blackish when dry. Tetrasporophyte phase of life history is a crust.

Moderately common, low intertidal; protected outer coast.

Geo Range: southern British Columbia to Baja
Similar species: superficially looks like a miniature version of Mazzaella leptorhynchos.

Image: anemone Anthopleura xanthogrammica (top cntr); sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) along left side