Caulerpa chemnitzia is a type of seaweed that belongs to the Caulerpaceae family.
It grows in the ocean along the coast of Western Australia.
Where Can You Find Caulerpa chemnitzia?
This seaweed can be found from north of Perth to the Kimberley region in Western Australia.
It grows in the intertidal and shallow subtidal areas, which are parts of the ocean that are close to the shore.
Is It Found in Other Places?
Yes, Caulerpa chemnitzia is widespread in tropical seas, not just in Western Australia.
For example, it can also be found in the Houtman Abrolhos Islands.
What Does Caulerpa chemnitzia Look Like?
Caulerpa chemnitzia has a grass-green to dark-green color. It spreads laterally, which means it grows sideways, up to 50 cm (about 20 inches).
The main part of this seaweed called the thallus, has naked stolons that are 1 to 2 mm in diameter.
These stolons are attached to the ocean floor by short pillars with clustered rhizoids.
What Are the Assimilators and Ramuli?
Assimilators are the parts of the seaweed that help it grow. In Caulerpa chemnitzia, assimilators can be up to 6 cm (about 2.4 inches) tall and 10 mm (about 0.4 inches) wide.
They have radially arranged ramuli, which means the ramuli are arranged like the spokes of a wheel.
Ramuli are small structures on the assimilators that help the seaweed with photosynthesis.
They can be trumpet-shaped, peltate (which means shield-shaped), or clavate (club-shaped).
Ramuli can be up to 6 mm (about 0.24 inches) long, and they don’t have constrictions.
They can gradually broaden or have a short stalk and a flat disc that is 2.0 to 2.5 mm (about 0.08 to 0.1 inches) wide when the ramuli are mostly peltate.
What Kind of Habitat Does Caulerpa chemnitzia Live In?
Caulerpa chemnitzia lives in a habitat called epilithic. This means that it grows on rocks in the intertidal and shallow subtidal areas of the ocean.
These are parts of the ocean that are close to the shore and can be covered or uncovered by water depending on the tide.
You can check out what this plant looks like over here.
Caulerpa chemnitzia Characteristics
|Required Water Flow:||Moderate High|
|Is Palatable?||Not really|
|Maximum Size:||6 in (15.2 cm)|