Electronic Flora of South Australia Species Fact Sheet

Pseudocodium australasicum Womersley 1955: 390, figs 5,6.

Phylum Chlorophyta – Order Caulerpales – Family Udoteaceae

Thallus (Fig. 81D) dark green, erect, subdichotomous to irregularly branched partly in one plane, to 6 cm high, branches 1–2 mm broad, compressed, holdfast small. Medulla (Fig. 84A) of longitudinal, branched filaments 13–28 µm in diameter, forming a surface cortical layer (12–27 µm wide) of short clavate branches 4–7 µm in diameter (Fig. 84A) adhering together as seen in surface view. Chloroplasts ovoid, 2–3 µm long; amyloplasts sparse.

Reproduction: Reproduction unknown.

Type from Point Sinclair, S. Aust., uppermost sublittoral (Womersley, 25.i.1951); in ADU, A13618.

Selected specimens: Hopetoun, W. Aust., 2–3 m deep (Kraft (6995) & Ricker, 16.viii.1979; ADU, A 50717). 16 km E. of Eucla, S. Aust., drift ( Womersley, 3.ii.1954; ADU, A19239).

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Distribution: From Hopetoun, W. Aust. to Point Sinclair, S. Aust.


WOMERSLEY, H.B.S. (1955). New marine Chlorophyta from southern Australia. Pacif. Sci. 9, 387–395.

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
©Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, Government of South Australia

Illustrations in Womersley Part I, 1984: FIGS 81D, 84A.

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Fig. 81. A. Pseudochlorodesmis australis (ADU, Al2250, type). B. Chlorodesmis baculifera (ADU. A51906. right hand specimen fertile). C. Halimeda cuneata (ADU. A50610). D. Pseudocodium australasicum(ADU. A 13618, type).

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Fig. 84. A. Pseudocodium australasicum (ADU, A13618). Longitudinal thallus structure. B–F. Callipsygma wilsonis. B. Loosely branched filaments (ADU, A32028). C. Flabellate tuft largely complanately branched. D. Detail of C showing lateral attachments. E. Apex of cell with two daughter cells and perforations between cells; lateral attachment to cell on left; chloroplasts, amyloplasts and acicular crystals. F. Cross section of older part showing short lateral chains of cells. (C–F ADU, A37818)

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