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Hypnea Indica; Hypnea Bullata: Two new species of seaweed

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  • March 30, 2021
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Hypnea Indica; Hypnea Bullata: Two new species of seaweed

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III –  Biodiversity 

In news

  • Two new species of seaweed have been discovered by a group of marine biologists from Central University of Punjab, Bathinda.

Key takeaways 

  • Named Hypnea indica (after India) and Hypnea bullata (because of the blisterlike marks on its body – bullate), the seaweeds are part of the genus Hypnea or red seaweeds.
  • Hypnea indica was discovered in Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, and Somnath Pathan and Sivrajpur in Gujarat. 
  • Hypnea bullata was discovered from Kanyakumari and Diu island of Daman and Diu.
  • They grow in the intertidal regions of the coast, namely the area that is submerged during the high tide and exposed during low tides.
  • The genus Hypnea consists of calcareous, erect, branched red seaweeds. 

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