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Leafy flat-blade alga
Stypopodium zonale
(Lamouroux) Papenfuss, 1940

Bushy plant formed by flat, squared-off blades that are irregularly branched and split; up to 30 cm high. Concentrically banded in a wide range of colors, including shades of yellow, green and brown. Often with tints of iridescent green and/or blue.

Attach to rocky substrates in most reef environments. Often abundant in shallow water less than five feet, only occasionally reported on deeper reefs.

South Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Leafy flat-blade alga (Stypopodium zonale)