Many of the green seaweeds seen on our shores belong to this genus.
Features: These small, bright
green seaweeds come in a variety of shapes. Some look like sausages
made up of tiny little green balls, others look feathery and resemble
seagrasses, yet others are like tiny umbrellas.
According to AlgaeBase,
there are more than 190 current Caulerpa species.
Human uses: Caulerpa species are
among those grown for human consumption. These include Caulerpa
lentillifera. However, some Caulerpa species produce
toxins to protect themselves from browsing fish. This also makes them
toxic to humans.
Caulerpa taxifolia was accidentally
introduced outside its natural range and has now become a serious
pest in the Mediterranean, Australia and California.
Slug heaven: Many kinds of sap-sucking
slugs (Order Sacoglossa) are often seen in Caulerpa green seaweeds.
bloom of Feathery green seaweed.
Chek Jawa, Aug 07
seaweeds on Singapore shores
recorded for Singapore
Pham, M. N.,
H. T. W. Tan, S. Mitrovic & H. H. T. Yeo, 2011. A Checklist of
the Algae of Singapore.
+From our observation
M. N., H. T. W. Tan, S. Mitrovic & H. H. T. Yeo, 2011. A
Checklist of the Algae of Singapore, 2nd Edition.
Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of
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Laboratorium voor Morfologie, Systematiek en Ecologie van
de Planten R.U.G. Ledeganckstraat 35, 9000 Gent, Belgium on
the Phycology Research
website: identification key and useful diagrams on how
to tell apart similar Caulerpa species.
Ernani G. Calumpong, Hilconida P., The
Genus Caulerpa from Central Visayas, Philippines
5 Oct 1982 Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences;
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Plants of Australia
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