An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Chaetomorpha species Chyandour, Penzance, 21.05.15 - A Brick Weed (Green seaweed images)
Brick Weed
Chaetomorpha species
- in middleshore pool 1

Brick Weed
Chaetomorpha species
- on Corallina officinalis 1

Brick Weed
Chaetomorpha species
- on Corallina officinalis 2

Brick Weed
Chaetomorpha species
- with 0.1mm division rule 1

Brick Weed
Chaetomorpha species
- with 0.1mm division rule 2

Brick Weed
Chaetomorpha species
- cells under microscope 1

Species found in, and fringing small pools on the middleshore at Chyandour Rocks, Penzance, Cornwall. 21.05.15.

This unbranched tortuose algae is associated with Coral Weed, Corallina officinalis; it is also quite a common algae that has a wide distribution around the UK and Ireland.

The problem is that over the years many names have been applied, and potentially mis-applied to this species, which may, in this day and age, be found to be a complex of species. Chaetomorpha capillaris, C. mediterranea, C. ligustica and C. linum have all been associated with it.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.


AlgaeBase is a database of information on algae that includes terrestrial, marine and freshwater organisms.

Chaetomorpha ligustica linum capillaris Brick Weed Green seaweed images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.