Brown Algae; Phaeophyceae

Brown algae, generally known as the seaweeds, are not true plants at all. Although they do photo-synthesize, their body structure is much more primitive. This class includes many commonly encountered marine algae, including the diving underwater photographers favourite host – Sargasso Seaweed.

Growing in the shallows and forming long strands floating up to the surface.

A tough brown algae found in the shallows around Koh Phangan.

Funnelweed and Sinuous Ballweed to name just two!