cushion green seaweed
This cushion of little green beads is sometimes seen on our Southern
shores growing on hard surfaces near reefs.
Features: The entire cushion about
2-5cm wide made up of tiny, tightly packed beads. Each translucent
bead is a sphere or tear-drop shaped. The beads are actually interconnected.
The entire cushion encrusts hard surfaces. Dark to light green or
Sometimes mistaken for Bubble
green seaweed (Boergesenia forbesii) which has much larger
and more loosely arranged translucent bubble-like shapes. Here's more
on how to tell apart some green seaweeds.
According to AlgaeBase,
there are more than 10 current Valonia species.
Human uses: Some species are eaten
Kusu Island, Sep 10
Labrador, Aug 04
cushion green seaweeds on Singapore shores
*Species are difficult to positively identify
without close examination of internal parts.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of
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.
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N., H. T. W. Tan, S. Mitrovic & H. H. T. Yeo, 2011. A
Checklist of the Algae of Singapore, 2nd Edition. Raffles
Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of
Singapore, Singapore. 99 pp. Uploaded 1 October 2011. [PDF,
John M. 2000. Marine
Plants of Australia
University of Western Australia Press. 300pp.
H. P. & Menez, E. G., 1997.Field
Guide to the Common Mangroves, Seagrasses and Algae of the Philippines.
Bookmark, Inc., the Philippines. 197 pp.
Gavino. C. Jr., 1997. Field
Guide and Atlas of the Seaweed Resources of the Philippines..
Bookmark, Inc., the Philippines. 306 pp.