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Red seaweeds (1st of 3)

Red seaweeds

New Zealand’s coastline is rich in red seaweeds. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from flat sheets to fine feathery growths – some even form a calcium carbonate skeleton, resembling corals. Red seaweeds survive at greater depths than brown or green seaweeds, and typically they harbour an understorey of other plants. Such dense growth is seen in this blanket of red seaweed on the Otago Peninsula.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Seaweed - Types of seaweed', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006