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Caulerpa peltata J.V. Lamouroux

Kingdom:Plantae
Phylum/Division:Chlorophyta
Class:Bryopsidophyceae
Order:Bryopsidales
Family:Caulerpaceae
Genus:Caulerpa
Species:C. peltata
Status:Common

Description

The thalli consists of horizontally branched stolon and erect branches supporting several short stalked branchlets each terminating in a disc of about 3–9 mm in the more common form and 11–20 mm in the less common form.

Read more about the Bryopsidales order.
Read more about the Caulerpaceae family.

Localities

Sentosa, Pulau Sakeng and Pulau Hantu.

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General Biology

Caulerpa peltata grows in tidepools, on lower intertidal coral reefs covered with sand or on soft muddy substrates in protected areas. Growth is seasonal, depending on turbidity and salinity of the water. In a good well-protected environment, this species can form thick carpets.

References

Prud’homme van Reine, W. F. & G. C. Trona Jr. (eds.) (2002). Plant resources of South-East Asia No. 15(1). Cryptogams: Algae. Prosea Foundation, Borgor, Indonesia. 318 pp.

Teo, L. W. & Y. C. Wee, 1983. Seaweeds of Singapore. Singapore University Press. 123 pp.

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