Trunk-like stalks that divide into thick, heavy, upright branches extend from sand covered runners. The length is variable, from 2-8 cm to 15-25 cm. Branches lined with long rows of short, thick, variously shaped branchlets. May be tall and slender with only a few branches, or short and bushy with numerous branches.
The plants are coenocytic, i.e., the plant is multinucleate and nonseptate.
Grow in shallow, protected sandy areas, often adjacent to back patch and fringing reefs.
Source: Marine Species Identification Portal
Caulerpa triangularis Mazé & Schramm, 1878
Chauvinia cupressoides (M.Vahl) Trevisan, 1849
Chauvinia indica Sonder ex Kützing, 1857
Fucus cupressoides H.West, 1802
Classification: Biota > Plantae (Kingdom) > Chlorophyta (Phylum) > Ulvophyceae (Class) > Bryopsidales (Order) > Caulerpaceae (Family) > Caulerpa (Genus)