Platoma among the corals


This beautiful example of a species of Platoma was found on Sykes Reef near Heron Island.
Image: John Huisman

 

Thursday 4 September 2008
 
THIS beautiful piece of red seaweed is a species of Platoma.
 
Dr John Huisman, from Murdoch University in WA and the WA State Herbarium, found it nestled among some coral at Sykes Reef.
 
"It usually comes up in springtime, so it seems to be a bit early," he said.
 
John said Platoma sits down among the coral to protect itself.
 
"They're very pretty," he said.
 
John took this underwater picture for his field guide to seaweeds of the Great Barrier Reef, which he is currently writing.