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Daisy green seaweed
Parvocaulis parvulus*
Family Polyphysaceae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This tiny seaweed is often overlooked. It grows on stones and coral rubble, often near the 'Taugeh' seaweed (Neomeris sp.)

Features: Tiny cap that is shaped like a daisy (about 0.5cm in diameter) made up of 34 petal-shaped 'rays', held up on a thin stalk. This tiny seaweed is calcified, in different degrees depending on the species. The young cap is green and turns white as it ages.

Sentosa, Dec 10

Growing among 'Taugeh' seaweed
St. John's Island, Sep 09

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination of internal parts.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Daisy green seaweed on Singapore shores

Photos of Daisy green seaweed for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Cyrene Reef, Feb 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Pulau Senang, Aug 10

Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Parvocaulis species recorded for Singapore
Pham, M. N., H. T. W. Tan, S. Mitrovic & H. H. T. Yeo, 2011. A Checklist of the Algae of Singapore.


Parvocaulis parvulus
Parvocaulis polyphysoides

Links References
  • Lee Ai Chin, Iris U. Baula, Lilibeth N. Miranda and Sin Tsai Min ; editors: Sin Tsai Min and Wang Luan Keng, A photographic guide to the marine algae of Singapore, 2015. Tropical Marine Science Institute, 201 pp.
  • Pham, M. N., H. T. W. Tan, S. Mitrovic & H. H. T. Yeo, 2011. A Checklist of the Algae of Singapore, 2nd Edition. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore, Singapore. 99 pp. Uploaded 1 October 2011. [PDF, 1.58 MB].
  • A. C. Lee, Lawrence M. Liao and K. S. Tan. New records of marine algae on artificial structures and intertidal flats in coastal waters of Singapore. Pp. 5-40. in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology
  • Calumpong, H. P. & Menez, E. G., 1997.Field Guide to the Common Mangroves, Seagrasses and Algae of the Philippines. Bookmark, Inc., the Philippines. 197 pp.
  • Trono, Gavino. C. Jr., 1997. Field Guide and Atlas of the Seaweed Resources of the Philippines.. Bookmark, Inc., the Philippines. 306 pp.
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