Caulerpa taxifolia

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Common Name
Binomial Name
Caulerpa taxifolia
Caulerpa taxifolia.jpg
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Chlorophyta
Class: Bryopsidophyceae
Order: Bryopsidales
Family: Caulerpaceae
Genus: Caulerpa
Species: taxifolia

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Common Names

  • Name one
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Information about the body shape, skeletal characteristics, how it appears, colouring etc.

Similar Species

Any species that look similar to this one, that may be mixed up.

Maximum Size

Something about what size the it grows to in the wild, plus in captivity.

Associated Organisms

Anything that lives in symbiosis, parasitic or opportunistically with it.


Notes about what they do, how they interact with others, different species etc.

Captive Care

In some places around the world it is illegal to possess and sell C. taxifolia. Within Australia it has been declared a noxious weed / pest in the following states, and therefore should not be maintained in a marine aquarium; Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. Currently there is no importation limitations on it into Tasmania, but it would be irresponsible for anyone to do so. Since it occurs in the wild naturally in Queensland, Northern Territory and more than likely northern Western Australia, no controls are in place to stop its possession and trade.[1]

Tank Size

The size of tank suitable for it, including reasoning behind this judgment.

Water Flow

Type and amount of water flow suitable for it.


How much lighting is required for it.


What it requires in terms of feeding, type of foods and frequency.

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.


Things that adversely effect it, such as bacterial infections, parasites etc.


Addition things / items that are important for care in captivity.




Does it have any fish that it should not be housed with?


Does it have coral that it is not compatible with?


Is it compatible with other invertebrates such as molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms?


How it reproduces, how suitable it is to breeding or captive propagation, techniques on how to etc.

Local Ecology


Which oceans and reefs it is found.


Where it is found on the natural reefs, the reef zone.

Additional Information

Some additional notes on it that don't fit in the above sections.



  1. ( Warren, D.B., Caulerpa taxifolia - the "Killer Algae", OZ REEF, 2004. Retrieved: 14 April 2010.