Oyster Thief

Colpomenia sinuosa (Mertens ex Roth) Derbès & Solier 1851

A globular shaped brown algae that is hollow and gas filled it attaches to rock surfaces as well larger algae or seagrasses. It is one of several bubble-like seaweeds.

The common name comes from the idea that it attaches to smaller oysters and during rougher weather can break them free and float away with them.

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What habitats does Colpomenia sinuosa live in?

Intertidal reefs and shallow subtidal rocky reefs, also on larger algae or seagrass, to depth of 6 m.

What is the distribution of Colpomenia sinuosa?

Around the coast of Australia but is common world wide

How big does Colpomenia sinuosa grow?

Can grow to around 15cm

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