Caulerpa cupressoides var. mamillosa (Mont.) Weber Bosse
Ann.Jard.Bot.Buitenzorg 15:332-333, Pl. XXVIII, Figs 2-7 (1898)

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


IMCRA Regions: Pilbara (nearshore).

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Karratha.

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

Habit and structure. Thallus grass-green to dark green, with smooth stolons 1–2 mm diam., attached by short pillars with clustered rhizoids. Rachis terete, unbranched or sparingly branched, to 5 cm tall and 3–4 mm diam. Ramuli crowded, unbranched, short, mammiform, ovoid, upcurved and often imbricate, 1–2 mm long and c. 1 mm wide, sharply pointed at the tips, randomly arranged or in 4 or more ranks.

Distribution. Widespread in tropical seas. In W.A. from the tropics south to Rottnest Island.

Habitat. Grows on sand in the intertidal and shallow subtidal.

[After Belton, Huisman & Gurgel, Algae of Australia: Mar. Benthic Algae of North-western Australia, 1. Green and Brown Algae 86 (2015)]