Caulerpa verticillata J.Agardh
Öfvers.Kongl.Vetensk.-Akad.Förh. 4:6 (1847)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Dampierland.

IBRA Subregions: Pindanland.

IMCRA Regions: Canning, Kimberley, Pilbara (nearshore), Pilbara (offshore).

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Broome, Karratha, Wyndham-East Kimberley.

Scientific Description
John Huisman and Cheryl Parker, Thursday 8 September 2016

Habit and structure. Thallus green, spreading laterally to 9 cm, forming dense low turfs or mats, with smooth terete stolons 250–300 μm diam., attached to the substratum by rhizoids 20–30 μm diam. Rachis 1–5 cm tall, 140–180 μm diam., bearing loosely whorled terete ramuli 2.5–3.0 mm long and 5–6 times dichotomously branched. Ramuli 75–90 μm diam. near the base, tapering gradually to 25–30 μm near the obtuse or pointed and often closely forked apices.

Distribution. Widely distributed in warmer waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans and the Caribbean Sea.

Habitat. Epilithic on sand-covered rock in the shallow subtidal.

[After Belton, Huisman & Gurgel, Algae of Australia: Mar. Benthic Algae of North-western Australia, 1. Green and Brown Algae 100 (2015)]