PORT PHILLIP BAY


Green Seaweed 

Caulerpa remotifolia

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

This species is very similar to Caulerpa alternans differing by being smaller (frond to 10 cm) and having different shaped branchlets (straight to slightly curved).

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:
remotifolia

General Description

Simple to several branched alga with a flattened main axis arising from runner (stolon). Branchlets (ramuli) alternate, thick at base and tapering to point at tip, not overlapping except at uppermost apex (growing tip). Medium green. Up to 30 cm long (thallus).

Biology

Tropical species related to this seaweed (in the genus Caulerpa) are used for ornamental decoration in household aquariums.

Habitat

Subtidal sandy, muddy sediments and jetty piles in sheltered waters, to depth of 10 m.

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

Pacific Islands and Australia.

Species Group

Seaweeds and seagrasses Green algae

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

30 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 remotifolia, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 21 Jul 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/11284

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