PORT PHILLIP BAY


Green Seaweed 

Caulerpa scalpelliformis

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Main information sources:
Womersley, H.B.S., (1984-2003). The Marine Benthic Flora of Southern Australia. Part 1-3d. Govt. Printer, South Australia.
Baldock, R.N. 2010. Algae Revealed. South Australian State Herbarium. Website.
AlgaeBase. Website.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chlorophyta
Class:
Ulvophyceae
Order:
Bryopsidales
Family:
Caulerpaceae
Genus:
Caulerpa
Species:
scalpelliformis

General Description

Flat firm and tough textured alga with short overlapping branches curving to a point and occurring in an alternate pattern on one plane (distichous) of the main axis that arises from rhizomes (roots). Medium to dark green. Up to 20 cm long (thallus).

Biology

This species includes several variants. Tropical species of this genus are used for ornamental decoration in household aquariums.

Habitat

Tidal pools and subtidal reefs in rough waters, to depth of 36 m.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Seagrass meadows

Distribution guide

Barbados, Brazil, India and other populations worldwide including around Australia.

Species Group

Seaweeds and seagrasses Green algae

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

20 cm

Diet

Photosynthetic - sunlight

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Pocklington, Jacqui

Jacqui Pocklington is a Research Associate with expertise in algal taxonomy.

citation

Cite this page as:
Pocklington, Jacqui, 2011, Green Seaweed, Caulerpa scalpelliformis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/11133

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