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Caulerpa simpliciuscula (Turner) C.Agardh

Spec.Alg. 439 (1822)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Scientific Description

Habit and structure. Stolon slender to moderate, 1–2 mm in diameter, naked, epilithic. Erect fronds medium to dark green, with simple or often branched axes, usually 4–30 cm high and (2.5–) 3–5 mm across, axes 1–2 mm in diameter, densely covered from their bases by vesiculate ramuli with 8–14 around the axis. Ramuli ovoid-pyriform to clavate, 0.7–1.5 mm long and 300–700(–950) µm in diameter where broadest below apices, constricted immediately adjacent to the axis or with only a very slight protuberance.

Distribution. From Port Denison, W. Aust., to Walkerville, Vic., and around Tas.

Habitat. Common in rock pools and the upper sublittoral on rough-water coasts, extending into bays with moderate water movement, recorded to 38 m deep.

[After Womersley, Mar. Benthic Fl. Southern Australia I: 273 (1984)]

John Huisman & Cheryl Parker, 3 August 2021


IBRA Regions
Geraldton Sandplains, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions
Geraldton Hills, Perth.
IMCRA Regions
Abrolhos Islands, Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Busselton, Cockburn, Dandaragan, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Rockingham.