Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research

Cladophora sp. K├╝tzing

Kingdom:Plantae
Phylum/Division:Chlorophyta
Class:Siphonocladophyceae
Order:Cladophorales
Family:Cladophoraceae
Genus:Cladophora
Status:Common

Description

These algae have profusely branched filamentous structure. The branching of Cladophora is lateral and is unique from other branched filamentous algae. The branches are not entangled by hooks but the lower portions are sometimes matted because of the adventitious rhizoids.

Read more about the Cladophorales order.
Read more about the Cladophoraceae family.

Localities

Changi, Chek Jawa, Pasir Ris Park, Pulau Semakau, St John's Island

Locality Map

General Biology

Large mats of Cladophora may form in marine communities that receive terrestrial nutrient inputs such as sewage effluent or agricultural runoff. When such mats decompose, they may cause anoxia, smothering some invertebrates sharing the habitat.

Human Uses

Cultivated in Southeast Asia as a fertiliser in milkfish culture. Mature milkfish also eats the green filaments. Some species are known to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. In Korea it has been used to make and strengthen paper since the 6th century. The filaments are washed and dried before they are pressed into paper, used mainly for claaigraphy.

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.

Related Activities/Events

Related People

Habitats

Spot any errors? Have any questions? Something to contribute? Email us at dbsthh@nus.edu.sg!
Presented by

NUS      RMBR
Sponsored by

Care-for-Nature