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Caulerpa lentillifera at Miyakojima (Miyako Island) [Image credit: 663highland via wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0]

The genome sequence and gene models of Caulerpa lentillifera v1.1 have not been determined by the JGI, but were downloaded from Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology on October 31, 2019. In order to allow comparative analyses with other algal genomes sequenced by the JGI, a copy of this genome is incorporated into PhycoCosm. JGI tools were used to automatically annotate predicted proteins. Please note that this copy of the genome is not maintained by the JGI and is therefore not automatically updated.

Caulerpa lentillifera (Phylum Chlorophyta, Family Ulvophyceae, Order Bryopsidales) was sequenced to study the evolution and development of unicellular, multinucleate green macroalgae (siphonous algae), which can reach upwards of 1 meter in length. In contrast, sister order Cladophorales species are multicellular. (Arimoto et al., 2019)

Excerpted from Caulerpa lentillifera, via wikipedia (last visited Mar. 9, 2020):

This seaweed is found throughout the coastal Asia-Pacific region. C. lentillifera is farmed and eaten in the Philippines, where it is locally known under various names including latô and arosep; in the Malaysian state of Sabah, where it is known as latok and a popular dish among the Bajau peoples; in Okinawa, Japan, where it is known as umi-budō (海ぶどう), meaning "sea grapes";[1] in Vietnam, where it is known as rong nho or rong nho biển, meaning "grape algae" or "seagrape algae",[2] and in Korea it is known as bada podo (바다포도) also meaning "sea grapes". It is sometimes known in English as green caviar or sea grapes (along with the related Caulerpa racemosa).[3] In Indonesia, and in particular Bali, it is known as bulung.


  1. Dawes, Clinton J. (1998). Marine botany. New York: John Wiley. ISBN 978-0-471-19208-4.
  2. Jacobs, Ananda (April 22, 2014). "In search of the fruits of Okinawa's oceans". The Japan Times Online. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  3. "Sea grapes - green caviar". Authentic World Food. Retrieved 14 April 2017.

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