Harpoon Weed (Asparagopsis Armata)

Latin name: Asparagopsis armata
Common name: Harpoon weed
Class: Rhodophyceae
Order: Bonnemaisoniales
Genus: Asparagopsis

Distribution: Mediterranean, Atlantic.

Habitat: This red algae is attached to shady places on lower shorelines.

Size: 10cm to 20cm long frond.

Shape: Long and slender; stem with irregularly placed branches which are covered with tiny, spirally distributed branchlets, bears barbs and thorns.