Factsheets for Green Seaweeds (phylum Chlorophyta)

Genus: Acetabularia Trade names: acetabularia Symbol: AC

AuthorityJ.V. Lamouroux Type species: Acetabularia acetabulum (Linnaeus) P.C. Silva
Commercial species:  major (MAJ)
Common names: Mermaid's wine glass
Classification: Eukaryota, Phylum Chlorophyta, Order Dasycladales, Family Polyphysaceae.
AlgaeBase names and species:  24 names - 18 current as of 12-2001.
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Said to have minor use as food and as a treatment for gallstones. Also used as an aquarium plant.
Many species of this interesting genus such as Acetabularia crenulata (upper left) are called "mermaid's wineglass" because of their distinctive shape. These plants are typically about 5 cm high with a "cup" about 1 cm in diameter. Plants may be partially calcified. Each "stem" and "cup" is actually a single large cell.
Generally found in shallow, sheltered waters attached to rocks and other shallow substrates in the vicinity of tropical coral reefs.

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Acetabularia production
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Tons per annum
wild harvest
Tons per annum
Indonesia n/a 0
Philippines n/a 0


n/a 0
Production figures are being sought.
Biology & Agronomy
In preparation.
In preparation.
We have several monographs in progress covering analytical procedures post-harvest treatment and process technology. Check the processing index for available web pages and monographs. 
Products, Uses & Applications
Because of their distinctive and attractive appearance these plants are sometimes kept in aquaria. Traditionally these plants have also been used for the treatment of gallstones.
List of species' uses and community affiliations
Genus GenID SpID Species Uses Communities
Acetabularia AC MAJ major MD WB

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