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'Taugeh' seaweed
Neomeris sp.*
Family Dasycladaceae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This curious comma-shaped white-and-green seaweed is commonly seen on our Southern shores. They do resemble 'Taugeh', the local name for beansprouts (from soya beans). Sometimes large clusters of the seaweed can be seen, at other times, only small scattered clusters. On small stones or coral rubble.

Features: Cluster of long (2-3cm) slender, blunt-tipped cylinders, often curved. The base to middle portion often white revealing the heavy incorporation of calcium carbonate in this seaweed. Tips bright green and fuzzy.

The seaweed is actually made up of tiny branches packed tightly around a central stalk to form the cylindrical shape, somewhat like the bristles on a bottlebrush. The green tiny branches at the tip are younger.

The tiny spheres exposed at the base are reproductive structures that produce spores (sporangium).

According to AlgaeBase, there are 7 current Neomeris species. The species are hard to tell apart in the field.

Sometimes confused with green sea sausage seaweeds (Bornetella sp.) but these are completely green and don't have white stems.

Neomeris is the name of one of the 50 Greek nymphs or sea goddesses collectively called the Nereides.

Sentosa, Dec 10

Sentosa, Dec 10

Sentosa, Dec 10

Sentosa, Apr 07

Labrador, Dec 11

Labrador, Dec 11

The tiny spheres exposed produce spores (sporangium).

*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.

'Taugeh' seaweed on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Pulau Semakau East, Jan 16
Photo shared by Lisa Lim on facebook.

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, Jun 20
Photo shared by Vincent Choo on facebook.

Pulau Salu, Jun 10

Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09

Neomeris 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.

  Neomeris annulata
Neomeris bilimbata
Neomeris dumetosa
Neomeris stipitata
Neomeris vanbosseae

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].
  • Lim, S., P. Ng, L. Tan, & W. Y. Chin, 1994. Rhythm of the Sea: The Life and Times of Labrador Beach. Division of Biology, School of Science, Nanyang Technological University & Department of Zoology, the National University of Singapore. 160 pp.
  • Chou, L. M., 1998. A Guide to the Coral Reef Life of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 128 pages.
  • Huisman, John M. 2000. Marine Plants of Australia University of Western Australia Press. 300pp.
  • 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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