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Family Solieriaceae


Kappaphycus alvarezii  

Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, 4 feet


Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 3 feet


Large warty thicket-forming species accidentally released in Kaneohe Bay.  Invasive since it grows rapidly, smothering coral and native algae.  In the tropics this genus is farmed to produce kappa-carrageenan.  Kappaphycus striatus has thinner branches and fewer spines arranged in rows.  Native to Malaysia & the Philippines but widely cultivated.