Lithothamnion superpositum is a species of red coralline algae found off the South American coast. Taxonomically, it’s a red algae in the Rodophyta phylum, from the Corallinales order (also known as Algas calcareas), the Lithothamnion genus, and one of the 103 species within that genus. You can read a description of each taxonomical step in the next section.
Since Lithothamnion superpositum is found in the Algas calcareas order- and the South American locals call the kiwi-sized balls of algae by the same name- we shortened it to “AlgaeCal”! So the unique strain of red algae used in every bottle of AlgaeCal Basic and AlgaeCal Plus is actually Lithothamnion superpositum.
And it’s this specific species of algae that’s behind the clinically documented bone density increases in people of all ages.
Luckily, AlgaeCal has the worldwide exclusive rights to this particular algae species.
Below you’ll see the scientific classification chart for this marine algae.
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Description of Chart Classifications
Phylum – Rhodophyta (Red Algae)
Red algae is aptly named because the algae reflects red light, thanks to its pigment phycoerythrin. (Though there are many species that are different colors– even blue, purple, yellow, and more!) Most are found in saltwater and are common in reefs. There are over 7,000 species currently identified under this phylum!
Order – Corallinales (Coralline algae) also known as (Algas calcareas)
As the name suggests, this algae secretes a coral-like hard shell of carbonate around itself, like coral does. Of course, AlgaeCal’s algae is a plant, not a coral!
Genus – Lithothamnion
There are 103 algae species in the Lithothamnion genus.
Species – Lithothamnion crispatum, Lithothamnion superpositum (Heterotypic Synonym)
This is the unique algae species off the coast of South America used in AlgaeCal’s calcium products. It’s typically a kiwi- or lemon-sized ball of purplish live algae that attaches to seaweed on the ocean floor. At a certain point, it’s washed onto shore in a protected eco-marine park and sustainably hand-harvested.
Lithothamnion superpositum (Vegetative Structure and Reproduction Aspects)