Caulerpa falcifolia Harvey and Bailey (Chlorophyta) from Sibutu Island, Tawi-Tawi, a new record for the marine algal flora of the Philippines


  • ARKADY A. TAHIL Institute of Oceanography and Environmental Science, Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography, Mindanao State University, Sanga-Sanga, Tawi-Tawi 7500, PHILIPPINES
  • LAWRENCE M. LIAO Aquatic Botany Laboratory, School of Applied Biological Science, Hiroshima University, 1-4-4 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8528, JAPAN


green algae, morphology, seaweed, taxonomy


The marine flora of the Philippines is among the most diverse in the Indo-West Pacific region. Among the most prominent and speciose genera is Caulerpa, currently represented by about 50 species, varieties and forms in the country. A beautiful, distinctive species, Caulerpa falcifolia Harvey and Bailey, originally described from Tonga, is herein reported as a new additional member to the growing number of Caulerpa species recorded from the Philippines. Samples were collected from the littoral zone off Sibutu Island in the province of Tawi-Tawi and are herein described, illustrated and compared with morphologically similar species.


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TAHIL, A.A. and LIAO, L.M. 2019. Caulerpa falcifolia Harvey and Bailey (Chlorophyta) from Sibutu Island, Tawi-Tawi, a new record for the marine algal flora of the Philippines. Tropical Natural History. 19, 1 (Mar. 2019), 1–7.