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The species of Dictyota are difficult to identify. Typically they form dense mats or loosely packed flat leaves that overgrow the substrate. All have branches that fork near their ends, with the tips rounded or pointed. Colour can vary from light to medium brown and/or green to blue-green, occasionally with bright blue tints.[1]


Consists of 76 species.[2]


Reports of success are patching, likely resulting from the large number of Dictyota species and availability of other food sources. Physical removal by hand is a good method of control in severe outbreaks.




  1. (http://species-identification.org/): Marine Species Identification Portal, Retrieved: 11 May 2010, http://species-identification.org/species.php?species_group=caribbean_diving_guide&id=498.
  2. (http://www.algaebase.org): Guiry, M.D., Guiry, G.M, Algae Base, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2007, Retrieved: 11 May 2010.