Acetabularia calyculus J.V.Lamour.

Voy.Uranie [Freycinet] 621, Pl. 90, Figs 6-7 (1824)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Scientific Description

Habit and structure. Thallus single or in small clusters, 3–5(–7) cm high, axes whitish from calcification, bearing several whorls of branched, colourless hairs (pale green when young) on their upper half, di- to penta-chotomous with 5–7 orders of branching, and one (rarely two) summit whorls of 22–34 gametangial rays united laterally to form a concave disc or cup. Disc 3–6(–7) mm across, rays 1.5–2.5mm long and (400–)450–600 µm broad at their outer end, terminally truncate to slightly bilobed; chloroplasts rounded, 2–3 µm in diameter. Superior corona lobed and bearing 2–3 branched hairs or scars; inferior corona with a single lobe.

Reproduction. Cysts numerous, subspherical, 80–120 µm in diameter, liberating gametes.

Distribution. Widely distributed in tropical and subtropical seas and extending into warm temperate regions.

Habitat. A. calyculus commonly occurs in sand areas where it grows on dead shells.

[After Womersley, Mar. Benthic Fl. Southern Australia I: 295–296 (1984)]

John Huisman & Cheryl Parker, 3 August 2021


IBRA Regions
Carnarvon, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Cape Range, Perth, Warren, Wooramel.
IMCRA Regions
Abrolhos Islands, Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, Ningaloo, Pilbara (nearshore), Pilbara (offshore), Shark Bay.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Ashburton, Carnarvon, Cockburn, Dandaragan, Exmouth, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Karratha, Mandurah, Manjimup, Murray, Rockingham, Shark Bay.