Factsheets for Green Seaweeds (phylum Chlorophyta)

Genus: Codium Trade names: codium Symbol: CO

AuthorityStackhouse Type species: Codium tomentosum Stackhouse
Commercial species:  bartletti (BAT), edule (EDU), fragile (FRA), muelleri (MUE), taylori (TAY), tenue (TEU), tomentosum TOM), sinuosa (SIN) & spp.
Common names: A`ala, Ala`ula, Chonggak, Dead man's fingers, Fleece, Green Sea-Velvet, Imose-miru, Kiru-miru, Limu-Aalaulaa, Miru, Motsure-miru, Sponge Seaweed, Sponge tang, Sponge Weed, Spúinse, Wawae`iole, Yezo-miru
Classification: Eukaryota, Phylum Chlorophyta, Order Bryopsidales, Family Codiaceae.
AlgaeBase names and species:  141 names - 96 current as of 12-2001.
Comprehensive lists of common names , generic & specific names can be found at AlgaeBase. >>Click here<<  for SuriaLink's policy on names.
SuriaLink SeaPlant Utility Rating
Some species said to have minor use as food.
Many Codium species have a fleshy, soft texture that leads to common names such as "sponge weed" or "dead man's fingers". Common species such as Codium fragile are dark green siphonous algae.
Often occur in the intertidal zone on rocky shores.

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Codium production
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Tons per annum
wild harvest
Tons per annum
Argentina n/a 0
Indonesia n/a 0
Israel n/a 0
North Korea 50 0
South Korea 50 0
Philippines n/a 0
USA n/a 0


100 0
Harvested fresh from wild stocks and sold on local markets. Statistics scanty. Approximate annual production figures from recent years estimated as shown above.
Biology & Agronomy
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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
List of species' uses and community affiliations
Genus GenID SpID Species Uses Communities
Codium CO BAT bartletti FH SV, WB
Codium CO EDU edule FH SV, WB
Codium CO FRA fragile FH SV, WB
Codium CO MUE muelleri FH SV, WB
Codium CO SIN sinuosa FH SV, WB
Codium CO SPP spp. FH SV, WB
Codium CO TAY taylori FH SV, WB
Codium CO TEU tenue FH SV, WB
Codium CO TOM tomentosum FH SV, WB

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Codium is most strongly associated with the  Seavegetables  and  Wellbeing communities.
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