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Caulerpa brownii (C.Agardh) Endl.

Gen.Pl. 16 (1843)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Scientific Description

Habit and structure. Stolon usually robust, (1–)1.5–3 mm in diameter, moderately densely covered with simple ramuli (0.5–)1–2.5 mm long and (150–)300–400(–500) µm in diameter, tapering abruptly to a spinous tip, epilithic or on jetty piles. Erect fronds medium to dark green, with simple or several times irregularly branched axes, usually 3–40 cm high and 3–6(–8) mm across; axes terete, 0.5–1.5 mm in diameter, densely covered throughout with irregularly placed ramuli. Ramuli simple on basal part of axes and 1.5–3(–4) mm long, becoming basally furcate and often bifurcate over most of the axes, 3–4 mm long and (100–)250–350 µm in diameter, terete, upwardly curved, tapering close to their apices to a spinous tip.

Distribution. From Whitfords Beach, Perth, W. Aust., around southern Australia to Walkerville, Vic, and around Tas. New Zealand, Chatham I., Snares I., Lord Howe I.

Habitat. Common on rocks at and just below low tide level, often forming a monospecific community, and recorded to 42 m deep.

[After Womersley, Mar. Benthic Fl. Southern Australia I: 264 (1984)]

John Huisman & Cheryl Parker, 3 August 2021


IBRA Regions
Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Geraldton Hills, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
Leeuwin-Naturaliste, Pilbara (offshore), WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Ashburton, Augusta Margaret River, Busselton, Esperance, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Jerramungup, Manjimup, Rockingham.