Caulerpa lentillifera   J. Agardh,  1837 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Bryopsidophyceae

Image copyrights: Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre

Color: Grass-green

The thalli are of composed of cylindrical stolon giving rise to erect branches above and rhizoidal branches below. The erect branches are spaced 3 - 14 mm apart, each made up of cylindrical axis of 2.5 - 7cm tall, beset with ramuli that are arranged radially and crowdedly, forming a berry-like or grape-like structure. The ramuli are 2-4 mm long consisting of a short stalk and globular head of 1.5 mm in diameter. Distinct constriction is present between the base of the globular head and distal end of the stalk of the ramuli.

Synonym (s)
Caulerpa kilneri J.Agardh, 1873
Caulerpa lentillifera var. kilneri (J.Agardh) Weber-van Bosse, 1898
Caulerpa lentillifera var. longistipitata Weber-van Bosse in Reinbold, 1901
Caulerpa longistipitata (Web. van Bosse) Svedelius, 1906
Caulerpa lentillifera J. Agardh, 1837

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Food and animal feed)

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.22) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA

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