FAUNA and FUNGHI of MALTA
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Caulerpa racemosa  (Forsskål) J. Agardh    -    Algae
Main synonym = Fucus clavifer    Turner
Taxonomical Classification:  Plantae (Algae) / Chlorophyta / Bryopsidophyceae / Bryopsidales / Caulerpaceae
Sea grape, Green caviar     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
An alien species that is thought to have originally entered the Mediterranean from the Red Sea via the Suez Canal and then to have been spread by shipping. If was first recorded in Malta (or rather Gozo) in 1997 and it has now spread to practically all local marine habitats, from the shore to deep water. Seagrapes are eaten in Indonesian cuisine, sometimes fresh, and othertimes coated in sugar. They have a peppery taste. They are raised in Cebu, for domestic consumption in the Philippines as well as export to Japan. Unconfirmed reports claim that the alkaloid Caulerpin found in seagrapes can sometimes cause poisoning


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