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Chaetomorpha sp. K├╝tzing

Kingdom:Plantae
Phylum/Division:Chlorophyta
Class:Siphonocladophyceae
Order:Cladophorales
Family:Cladophoraceae
Genus:Chaetomorpha
Status:Common

Description

This alga has coarse, unbranched filaments. It is usually solitary or grow in tufts, either attached to rocks or shells, or are free-floating. They can form extensive mats of intertwining filaments.

Read more about the Cladophorales order.
Read more about the Cladophoraceae family.

Localities

Changi, Pulau Semakau, St John's Island

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General Biology

The alga forms thick mats of mixed filamentous green and blue-green algae in marine and brackish waters, as well as freshwater fish ponds.

Human Uses

A number of species are edible or used as fish food.

References

Prud’homme van Reine, W. F. & G. C. Trona Jr. (eds.) (2002). Plant resources of South-East Asia No. 15(1). Cryptogams: Algae. Prosea Foundation, Borgor, Indonesia. 318 pp.

Teo, L. W. & Y. C. Wee, 1983. Seaweeds of Singapore. Singapore University Press. 123 pp.

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