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Codium perriniae Lucas 1935: 203.

Phylum Chlorophyta – Order Codiales – Family Codiaceae

Selected citations: Silva & Womersley 1956: 267, fig. 4. FIGS 75D, 76E

Thallus (Fig. 75D) firm, medium green, pulvinate to lobed, to 2 cm high and 2–8 (–12) cm across. Utricles (Fig. 76E) in small clusters, irregularly cylindrical to slightly clavate, 130–240 µm in diameter near apices, to 375 µm in diameter somewhat below apices, 900–1700 µm long; utricle wall at apex thickened to form a moderate to prominent, lamellate, galeate cap (to 60 µm thick); hairs absent. Medullary filaments 26–60 µm in diameter, without plugs. Gametangia fusiform, 65–100 µm in diameter, 370–450 µm long.

Type from Low Head, Tas.; in Herb. Lucas, NSW (ex CANB).

Selected specimens: Cliff Head, W. Aust., 5–6 m deep (Kirkman & Joll, 18.ix.1979; ADU, A51188). Strickland Bay, Rottnest I., W. Aust, 0–1.5 m deep (Engler & Clarke, 5.ix.1979; ADU, A51104). D'Estrees Bay, Kangaroo I., S. Aust., outer reef pools (Womersley, 11.i.1950; ADU, A12781). Robe, S. Aust., upper sublittoral shaded pools (Womersley, 16.xii.1970; ADU, A37803-"Marine Algae of southern Australia" No. 22). 16 km N.W. of Cape Bridgewater. Vic., 26–32 m deep (Watson, 16.v.1969; ADU, A34760). Currie R., Tas. (Perrin & Lucas, March 1935; ADU, A47088).

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Distribution: From Cliff Head, W. Aust. to Sorrento, Vic. and the north coast of Tasmania, in the upper sublittoral in pools on rock platforms and to 32 m deep, usually on rough-water coasts.


LUCAS, A.H.S. (1935). The marine algae of Lord Howe Island. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S. W. 60, 194–232, Plates 5–9.

SILVA, P.C. & WOMERSLEY, H.B.S. (1956). The genus Codium (Chlorophyta) in southern Australia. Aust. J. Bot. 4, 261–289.

The Marine Benthic Flora of Southern Australia Part I complete list of references.

Author: H.B.S. Womersley

Publication: Womersley, H.B.S. (31 May, 1984)
The Marine Benthic Flora of Southern Australia
Part I
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