Common Name: Giant Kelp
Scientific Name: Macrocystis pyrifera
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family: Chromista, Ochrophyta, Phaeophyceae, Laminariales, Laminariaceae
Habitat: Dense kelp forest, rocky shores, depths from 6-30 meters
Range: Alaska to Baja California
Identification: Up to 50 meters long, large bumpy blades and smooth bulbs, copper/yellow coloration, large conical holdfast
Growth: up to 2 feet a day
Fact: One of the largest algae. Kelp forests create important complex habitat that supports more than 275 species of microscopic algae and animals, not including other larger animals that rely on it for shelter, and food.
Citations:Graham, M. H., et al. 2009.Mondragon, Jennifer, and Jeff Mondragon, 2003.