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Chondrus canaliculatus

Common name:

Irish Moss

Distribution and Biology:

Chondrus canaliculatus is an endemic species belonging to the temperate Pacific coast of South America. It develops mainly on rocky surfaces, large stones and pebbles, and also attaches to mollusk shells and small shells. It is usually found in low intertidal areas, exposed or partially exposed to waves, and in underwater areas to a depth of 20 meters in sheltered bays.


Recognized as one of the 20 varieties of seaweed with economic relevance due to its ability toduce carrageenan, a type of colloid widely used in the food industry.

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