Factsheets for Red Seaweeds (phylum Rhodophyta)

Genus: Mastocarpus Trade name: mastocarpus Symbol: MA
AuthorityKützing Type species: Mastocarpus papillatus (C. Agardh) Kützing 
Commercial species:  papillatus (PAP), stellata (STE)
Common names: Botelhas, Black mossCarrag(h)een, Carraigín fiadháin, Clúimhín cait, Digby moss, Grapestone, Irish moss, Musgos, Punalevä-suku, Turkish towel, Vortetang
Classification: Eukaryota, Phylum Rhodophyta, Class Rhodophyceae, Subclass Florideophycidae, Order Gigartinales, Family Phyllophoraceae. 
AlgaeBase names and species:  13 names - 4 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
Minor wild crop used for food & galactans
Harvesting must use good  environmental practices.
In preparation.
In preparation.

Mastocarpus production
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Tons per annum
wild harvest
Tons per annum
Canada n/a 0
Chile n/a 0
Ireland 5 0
Portugal 70 0
Spain 600 0


675 0
Approximate annual production figures from recent years are as above.
Biology & Agronomy
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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
Mastocarpus MA PAP papillatus FH, FI, IA, MD, PA, PC, WB BP, SV, WB
Mastocarpus MA STE stellatus FH, FI, IA, MD, PA, PC, WB BP, SV, WB

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