Factsheets for Brown Seaweeds (phylum Phaeophyta)

Genus: Scytosiphon Trade name: scytosiphon Symbol: SY
AuthorityC. Agardh Type species: Scytosiphon lomentaria (Lyngbye) Link, nom. cons.
Commercial species:  lomentaria (LOM)
Common names: Hime-kayamo, Ito-kayamo, Kayamonori, Leather tube, Mugiwara-nori, Sausage seaweed, Sugara, Tube weed, Yore-kayamo
Classification: Eukaryota, Phylum Heterokontophyta, Order Ectocarpales, Family Scytosiphonaceae.
AlgaeBase names and species:  49 names - 7 current as of 12-2001.
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SuriaLink SeaPlant Utility Rating
Minor sea vegetable source - wild harvest.
Tubular unbranched thalli that are solid when young, but become hollow on maturity. Hollow ends of thalli are either constricted at short intervals or are unconstricted. Thalli are usually compressed and twisted in close spirals for a part of their length. Hairs arise singly on superficial cells. Up to 50 cm in length. Light olive to dark brown colour. Constrictions give the appearance of sausage links. Reproductive organs broadcast gametes into the water where they fertilise and go through additional portions of a complex life cycle that is photosensitive.s
Rocky intertidal beaches on rocks and in tide pools. Sometimes occurs in areas with fresh water seepage

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Scytosiphon production
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Tons per annum
wild harvest
Tons per annum
France n/a 0
North Korea n/a 0
South Korea n/a 0


n/a 0
Harvest levels unknown.
Biology & Agronomy
Wild harvest.
In preparation
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Products, Uses & Applications
List of species' uses and community affiliations
Genus GenID SpID Species Uses Communities
Scytosiphon SY LOM lomentaria FH SV, WB

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Scytosiphon is most strongly associated with the Seavegetables and Wellbeing communities.
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