Halimeda sp. J.V. Lamouroux, 1812
|Common Names:||Coin Seaweed|
These marine algae have a bulbous base that aids to anchor them to the sandy bottom. They are anisogamous; male and female gametes are borne on different plants. The night before the gametes are released, the whole plant, except for the gametes, loses its green colour. After the gametes are released, the thallus would consists only of the encrusted cell wall. The wall will eventually break down and form part of the sediment.
Tropical and subtropical coasts
It is generally used as an antibacterial medicine against fungal diseases. Some species are used as a vermifuge. Halimeda tuna is used as an animal feed. Othere are used as fertilisers in leached acidic soils.
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Teo, L. W. & Y. C. Wee, 1983. Seaweeds of Singapore. Singapore University Press. 123 pp.