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Golden Kelp

Species Name: Ecklonia radiata

Description: Golden Kelp is one of southern Australia’s most widespread kelp species and can form extensive forests across reefs.

It is recognised by its long stipe with a small holdfast and blades that are highly dissected, being a rich golden colour.

Forming a complex habitat, this species supports fish that use the canopy for cover, while invertebrates and smaller red algae live beneath.

Type: Brown Algae
Where to find: Subtidal Reefs
Size: 2m