Ulva prolifera

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Ulva prolifera
Scientific classification e
(unranked): Viridiplantae
Division: Chlorophyta
Class: Ulvophyceae
Order: Ulvales
Family: Ulvaceae
Genus: Ulva
Species: U. prolifera
Binomial name
Ulva prolifera
  • Ulva enteromorpha f. prolifera (O.F.Müller) Van Heurck
  • Ulva compressa var. prolifera (O.F.Müller) C. Agardh, 1823
  • Enteromorpha compressa var. prolifera (O.F.Müller) Greville, 1830
  • Enteromorpha prolifera (O.F.Müller) J.Agardh, 1883
  • Enteromorpha salina Kützing, 1845
  • Enteromorpha salina var. polyclados Kützing, 1845
  • Enteromorpha compressa var. trichodes Kützing, 1845
  • Enteromorpha polyclados (Kützing) Kützing, 1856

Ulva prolifera is a species of seaweed in the family Ulvaceae that can be found worldwide.[1]


In Europe, it can be found in such countries as Bulgaria, France, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and on Lolland island of Denmark.[1] It is also common on African islands such as Canary and Madeira islands, and in the US states such as Alaska, California, Florida, Texas and Washington. Besides the states, Africa and Europe, it is common in Central American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, and Cuba, with Mexico occasionally getting them on the Pacific side.[1]

China had its largest recorded bloom of the algae in 2013, in the Yellow Sea off the coast of Qingdao.[2]

In other languages[edit]

The species have common names in other countries of the world:



  1. ^ a b c Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. (2013). "Ulva polyclada O.F.Müller". National University of Ireland. Ireland: AlgaeBase. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Mathiesen, Karl (2013-07-04). "China's largest algal bloom turns the Yellow Sea green". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Müller, O.F. (1778). "Flora danica". 5: 8.