The lipid-soluble pigments of the marine red algaLenormandia prolifera
© Biologischen Anstalt Helgoland 1968
Published: 1 December 1968
The marine red algaLenormandia prolifera containsα-cryptoxanthin, a monohydroxy derivative ofα-carotene, as well asα- and β-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.
Chlorophylla and a trace of chlorophyllidea is present but no chlorophylld.
The chlorophyll/carotenoid ratio is 2.5 ± 0.7 (w/w), falling within the range reported for other species of the Rhodophyta.
α-Carotene is more abundant thanβ-carotene while lutein is the most abundant xanthophyll;α-cryptoxanthin accounts for only 2.4% of the total carotenoid content.
The possibility that theAmansia group is distinguished by containingα-cryptoxanthin and moreα- thanβ-carotene is discussed.