1. a benthic red alga (Rhodophyta) new to the Laurentian Great Lakes， growing on limestone rocks at a depth of 21 m on Six Fathom Bank in central Lake Huron.
2. the first freshwater red alga to be found in the Great Lakes and the only red alga ever found on an offshore reef in the Great Lakes.
3. usually inhabits water 10–28 °C and has not survived freezing winter temperatures elsewhere, it may not be a permanent member of the flora.
From Patrick J. Keeling ,at Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Integrated Microbial Biodiversity program, Canada.
Keeling PJ, Burki F, Wilcox HM, Allam B, Allen EE, Amaral-Zettler LA, et al. (2014) The Marine Microbial Eukaryote Transcriptome Sequencing Project (MMETSP): Illuminating the Functional Diversity of Eukaryotic Life in the Oceans through Transcriptome Sequencing. PLoS Biol 12(6): e1001889.