Factsheets for Red Seaweeds (phylum Rhodophyta)

Genus: Gigartina Trade name: gigartina Symbol: GI
AuthorityStackhouse Type species: Gigartina pistillata (S.G. Gmelin) Stackhouse
Commercial species: acicularis (ACI), canaliculata (CAN), chamissoi (CHA), intermedia (INE), pistillata (PIS), scottsbergii (SCO) & spp.
Common names: Botelhas, Carrag(h)een, Carraigín fiadháin, Chamissoi, Clúimhín cait, Gigartina, Ginnansô, Grapestone, Irish moss, Punalevä-suku, Skottsbergi, Turkish towel
Classification: Eukaryota, Phylum Rhodophyta, Class Rhodophyceae, Subclass Florideophycidae, Order Gigartinales, Family Gigartinaceae.
AlgaeBase names and species:  168 names - 34 current as of 12-2001.
Comprehensive lists of common names , generic & specific names can be found at AlgaeBase. >>Click here<<  for SuriaLink's policy on names.
SuriaLink SeaPlant Utility Rating
Major wild & aquaculture crop used for food & galactans
Agronomy & harvesting must use good  environmental practices.
In preparation.
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Gigartina production
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Tons per annum
wild harvest
Tons per annum
Argentina 22 0
Chile 6,389 0
Mexico 200 0
Morocco 200 0
Peru n/a 0


6,811 0
Approximate annual production figures from recent years are as above.
Biology & Agronomy
In preparation.
In preparation.
We have several monographs in progress covering analytical procedures post-harvest treatment and process technology. Check the processing index for available web pages and monographs. 
Products, Uses & Applications
List of species' uses and community affiliations
Genus GenID SpID Species Uses Communities
Gigartina GI ACI acicularis FH, FI, IA, MD, PA, PC, WB BP, SV, WB
Gigartina GI CAN canaliculata FH, FI, IA, MD, PA, PC, WB BP, SV, WB
Gigartina GI CHA chamissoi FH, FI, IA, MD, PA, PC, WB BP, SV, WB
Gigartina GI INE intermedia FH, FI, IA, MD, PA, PC, WB BP, SV, WB
Gigartina GI PIS pistillata FH, FI, IA, MD, PA, PC, WB BP, SV, WB
Gigartina GI SCO scottsbergii FH, FI, IA, MD, PA, PC, WB BP, SV, WB

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Gigartina is most strongly associated with the Biopolymer,  Seavegetables and Wellbeing communities.
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