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Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla (Sonder) Verlaque, Huisman & Procaccini

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Viridiplantae
Infrakingdom Chlorophyta infrakingdom
Phylum Chlorophyta
Subphylum Chlorophytina
Class Ulvophyceae
Order Bryopsidales
Family Caulerpaceae
Genus Caulerpa


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Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla (Sonder) Verlaque, Huisman & Procaccini
Cape Peron, Western Australia. J.M. Huisman. © J.M. Huisman.

Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla (Sonder) Verlaque, Huisman & Procaccini
Charaki, off the east coast of Rhodes at 15 m depth. 04 Jun 2014. Frithjof Kuepper. © Frithjof Kuepper (fkuepper@abdn.ac.uk).

Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla (Sonder) Verlaque, Huisman & Procaccini
Charaki, off the east coast of Rhodes at 15 m depth. 17 Jun 2014. Frithjof Kuepper. © Frithjof Kuepper (fkuepper@abdn.ac.uk).

Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla (Sonder) Verlaque, Huisman & Procaccini

Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla (Sonder) Verlaque, Huisman & Procaccini
Map Reef, near Yanchep, Western Australia.. John Huisman. © John Huisman (j.huisman@murdoch.edu.au).


Publication details
Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla (Sonder) Verlaque, Huisman & Procaccini in Jongma et al. 2013: 36, figs 1, 2-8

Published in: Jongma, D.N., Campo, D., Dattolo, E., D'Esposito, D., Duchi, A., Grewe, P., Huisman, J., Verlaque, M., Yokes, M.B. & Procaccini, G. (2013). Identity and origin of a slender Caulerpa taxifolia strain introduced into the Mediterranean Sea. Botanica Marina 56(1): 27-39.

Type species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Caulerpa is Caulerpa prolifera (Forsskål) J.V.Lamouroux.

Status of name
This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Caulerpa distichophylla Sonder

Type information
Type locality: Western Australia (Silva, Basson & Moe 1996: 818). Holotype: Preiss; MEL 503814 (Womersley 1984: 258). Notes: According to Womersley (1984:258) the type locality is probably near Fremantle.

Homotypic Synonym(s)
Caulerpa distichophylla Sonder 1845
Corradoria distichophylla (Sonder) Trevisan 1849

Heterotypic Synonym(s)
Caulerpa tenella Harvey 1855

Nomenclatural notes
This species has been introduced into the Mediterranean (Verlaque et al. 2015: 261), apparently by aquarium trade activity and shipping, being first found in the Gulf of Iskenderum, Turkey in 2006. It is now found in Cyprus, Turkey, and Sicily. - (6 Nov 2015) - M.D. Guiry

Taxonomic notes
Cormaci, Furnari & Alongi (2014: 236) reamark: "According to Famà et al. (2002), the phylogeny based on tufA sequences shows that "... C. distichophylla is a sister taxon of C. taxifolia suggesting that they may represent morphotypes of a single species". However, Jongma et al. (2013) considering: i. the unequivocal and stable morphological differences between Caulerpa distichophylla and C. taxifolia (i.e., a slender thallus with frequent short rhizoidal pillars vs. a large thallus with spaced long rhizoidal pillars); ii. no overlapping between diagnostic characters, iii. the absence of intermediate forms, iv. the stable single nucleotide polymorphism in the tuf A region and v. the absence of C. taxifolia in the major part of its native region (southern sector of Western Australia)...", concluded that C. distichophylla Sonder is distinct at varietal level from C. taxifolia." - (15 Jul 2015) - M.D. Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

Detailed distribution with sources
(as Caulerpa distichophylla Sonder)
South-west Asia: Turkey (Asia) (Turan et al. 2011 ).

Australia and New Zealand: Western Australia (Womersley 1984, Huisman & Walker 1990, Huisman 2000).

Pacific Islands: Central Polynesia (Tsuda & Walsh 2013).

(as Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla (Sonder) Verlaque, Huisman & Procaccini)
Europe: Sicily (Jongma et al. 2013, Musco et al. 2014 ), Turkey (Europe) (Musco et al. 2014 ).

South-west Asia: Cyprus (Tsiamis et al. 2014 ), Lebanon (Bitar et al. 2017 ), Turkey (Asia) (Jongma et al. 2013).

Australia and New Zealand: Queensland (Jongma et al. 2013), Western Australia (Jongma et al. 2013, Belton, Huisman & Gurgel 2015).

Key references
Belton, G.S., Huisman, J.M. & Gurgel, C.F.D. (2015). Caulerpaceae. In: Algae of Australia: marine benthic algae of north-western Australia. 1. Green and brown algae. (Huisman, J.M. Eds), pp. 75-102. Canberra & Melbourne: ABRS & CSIRO Publishing.

Cormaci, M., Furnari, G., & Alongi, G. (2014). Flora marina bentonica del Mediterraneo: Chlorophyta. Bollettino dell'Accademia Gioenia di Scienze Naturali di Catania 47: 11-436.

Verlaque, M., Ruitton, S., Mineur, F. & Boudouresque, C.-F. (2015). CIESM atlas of exotic species of the Mediterranean. Macrophytes. pp. [1]-362, many photograph and maps. Monaco: CIESM Publishers.

Created: 17 April 2013 by Wendy Guiry

Verified by: 06 November 2015 by M.D. Guiry

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Musco, L., Andaloro, F., Mikac, B., Mirto, S., Vega Fernandez, T., & Badalamenti, F, (2014). Concern about the spread of the invader seaweed Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla (Chlorophyta: Caulerpales) towards the West Mediterranean. Mediterranean Marine Science 15(3): 532-538.

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