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Caulerpella ambigua (Okamura) Prud'homme & Lokhorst

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


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Caulerpella ambigua (Okamura) Prud'homme & Lokhorst
recolectada en la zona Sur del Macizo Guamuhaya. Detalle de las ramas. Foto: Ángel Moreira..


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Caulerpa ambigua Okamura recolectada en la zona Sur del Macizo Guamuhaya. Detalle de las ramas. Foto: Ángel Moreira.

Publication details
Caulerpella ambigua (Okamura) Prud'homme & Lokhorst 1992: 114

Published in: Prud'homme van Reine, W.F. & Lokhorst, G.M. (1992). Caulerpella gen. nov. a non-holocarpic member of the Caulerpales (Chlorophyta). Nova Hedwigia 54: 113-126, 13 figs, 1 table.

Type species
This is the type species (holotype) of the genus Caulerpella.

Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Caulerpa ambigua Okamura

Caulerpa ambigua Okamura

Type information
Type locality: Ogasawara-jima, Ogasawara-gunto [Bonin Islands, Japan] (Silva, Basson & Moe 1996: 813).

Origin of species name
Adjective A (Latin), doubtful, uncertain (Stearn 1973).

Heterotypic Synonym(s)
Caulerpa vickersiae Børgesen 1911
Caulerpa vickersiae var. luxurians W.R.Taylor 1928
Caulerpa vickersiae var. furcifolia W.R.Taylor 1933
Caulerpa ambigua var. luxurians (W.R.Taylor) Eubank 1946
Caulerpa biloba Kempermann & Stegenga 1983

Taxonomic notes
Prud'homme van Reine & Lokhorst (1992: 114) established the genus Caulerpella to accommodate Caulerpa ambigua. Silva et al. (1996: 813) preferred to retain it in Caulerpa because it shares the highly specialized trabeculate structure of all other species of the genus. Assuming that future studies confirm the alleged function of the lobed structures observed by Prud'homme van Reine & Lockhurst, the existence of specialized reproductive organs would seem to distinguish this species generically from Caulerpa in which numerous discharge papillae arise directly from the vegetative thallus (Lipkin & Silva 2002: 68). - (23 Jun 2010) - Wendy Guiry

Habitat notes
Most warm seas. On Tridacna shell at 3 m depth (Lipkin & Silva 2002). - (23 Jun 2010) - Wendy Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

Detailed distribution with sources (Click to Load)

Source of current name
Draisma, S.G.A., van Reine, W.F.P., Sauvage, T., Belton, G.S., Gurgel, C.F.D., Lim, P.E. & Phang, S.M. (2014). A re-assessment of the infra-generic classification of the genus Caulerpa (Caulerpaceae, Chlorophyta) inferred from a time-calibrated molecular phylogeny. Journal of Phycology 50(6): 1020-1034.

Key references
Famá, P., Wysor, B., Kooistra, W.H.C.F. & Zuccarello, G.C. (2002). Molecular phylogeny of the genus Caulerpa (Caulerpales, Chlorophyta) inferred from chloroplast tufA gene. Journal of Phycology 38: 1040-1050.

Hodgson, L.M. Pham Huu Tri, Lewmanomont, K. & McDermid, K.J. (2004). Annotated checklist of species of Caulerpa and Caulerpella (Bryopsidales, Caulerpaceae) from Vietnam, Thailand and the Hawaiian Islands. In: Taxonomy of Economic Seaweeds with reference to the Pacific and other locations Volume IX. (Abbott, I.A. & McDermid, K.J. Eds) Vol.9, pp. 21-38.

Kraft, G.T. (2007). Algae of Australia. Marine benthic algae of Lord Howe Island and the southern Great Barrier Reef, 1. Green algae. pp. [i-iv], v-vi, 1-347, 110 text-figs; 11 pls. Canberra & Melbourne: Australian Biological Resources Study & CSIRO Publishing.

Skelton, P.A. & South, G.R. (2004). New records and notes on marine benthic algae of American Samoa - Chlorophyta & Phaeophyta. Cryptogamie Algologie 25: 291-312.

Skelton, P.A. & South, G.R. (2007). The benthic marine algae of the Samoan Archipelago, South Pacific, with emphasis on the Apia District. Nova Hedwigia Beihefte 132: 1-350.

South, G.R. & de Ramon N'Yeurt, A. (1993). Contributions to a catalogue of benthic marine algae of Fiji. II. Caulerpa and Caulerpella (Chlorophyta-Caulerpales). Micronesica 26(2): 109-138.

Suárez, A.M., Martínez-Daranas, B. & Alfonso, Y. (2015). Macroalgas marinas de Cuba. pp. [1]-264, 229 figs. La Habana [Havana]: UH [Universidad de La Habana] Editorial.

Titlyanova, T.V., Titlyanov, E.A., Xia, B. & Bartsch, I. (2012). New records of benthic marine green algae (Chlorophyta) for the island of Hainan (China). Nova Hedwigia 94: 441-470.

Created: 30 January 1999 by M.D. Guiry

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