Welcome to the Endocladia muricata website. I chose to create a website about Endocladia after learning about "fairy rings" from a paper by Hunt and Denny (2008). After reading this paper, I became fascinated by "fairy rings" and how they are formed. More information can be found about "fairy rings" by following the above link. I also learned about Endocladia's unique ability to withstand intense heat and desiccation stresses. All of these factors combined make Endocladia muricata one of the coolest species of algae found in the high intertidal.
E. muricata has morphology that is similar to scrubbing pads which has led to E. muricata receiving the nickname the Brillo Pad algae. Menge (1992) used Tuffy brand scrubbing pads to observe the settlement preferences of mussel larvae.
Website created by:
ZooBot Spring Quarter 2009
Friday Harbor Laboratories
University of Washington
All images were taken by the author unless otherwise indicated.