PORT PHILLIP BAY


Green Seaweed 

Chaetomorpha indica

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Scientific Details

Can be confused with Chaetomorpha capillaris which occurs in the intertidal and has smaller cells. Can be confused with Chaetomorpha valida which has longer cells and is dark green in colour. Can also be confused with Chaetomorpha billardierii which differs in having fairly straight, less rigid and lighter green filaments, though habitat can affect form.

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
Subphylum:
Tetraphytina
Class:
Ulvophyceae
Order:
Cladophorales
Family:
Cladophoraceae
Genus:
Chaetomorpha
Species:
indica

General Description

Unbranched filaments appearing as a loose tangle. No holdfast or attachment cells. Light to medium green. Up to 15 cm long (thallus).

Biology

This wirey seaweed is one of several on the genus Chaetomorphora. It resembles tangled green fishing line.

Habitat

Intertidal and shallow subtidal areas.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Worldwide.

Species Group

Seaweeds and seagrasses Green algae

Depth

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

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

15 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, Chaetomorpha indica, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 29 Mar 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/11291

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