Caulerpa, Caulerpa taxifolia


Short description of Caulerpa taxifolia, Caulerpa

A bright green seaweed with upright leafy fronds arising from creeping stolons. The fronds are fern-like, serrate and feathery, 6-8 mm in diameter and frond length varies from 3-15 cm in shallow water, to 40 – 60 cm in deeper waters.

Description of Caulerpa taxifolia, Caulerpa status in GB

Not currently known in GB.

Habitat summary: Caulerpa taxifolia, Caulerpa

Occurs subtidally to depths of 35 m in sheltered bays, exposed coasts and seagrass meadows.  Attaches to a variety of substrates including sandy or muddy bottoms, rock and artificial substrates (jetties, pipes, ropes, buoys).

Overview table

Environment: Marine
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Asia-Tropical, Pacific, East Tropical Africa
Functional type: Algae (macroalgae)
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Date of first record: Unknown

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

Natalie Sweet

Last updated:

October 3rd 2019

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