Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Algae, Penicillus

Scientific name: Penicillus dumetosus (J.V.Lamouroux) Blainville, 1830

Common name: Merman's Shaving Brush or Bristle Ball Brush

Species Codes for Trip Ticket Reporting:
Marine Life Code: 753 - Plant, Merman's shaving brush

License and Endorsements Required for Commercial Harvest:
SPL - Saltwater Products License
RS - Restricted Species Endorsement
ML - Marine Life Endorsement

* These are unofficial designations, please see Florida Administrative Code Chapter 68B for specifics, https://www.flrules.org/.


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