The Introduced Green Alga Caulerpa Taxifolia Continues to Spread in the Mediterranean

TitleThe Introduced Green Alga Caulerpa Taxifolia Continues to Spread in the Mediterranean
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsMeinesz, A., Belsher T., Thibaut T., Antolic B., Mustapha K B., Boudouresque C-F., Chiaverini D., Cinelli F., Cottalorda J-M., Djellouli A., El Abed A., Orestano C., Grau A. M., Ivesa L., Jaklin A., Langar H., Massuti-Pascual E., Peirano A., Tunesi L., de Vaugelas J., Zavodnik N., & Zuljevic A.
Refereed DesignationRefereed
JournalBiological Invasions
Volume3
Issue2
Pagination201 - 210
ISSN13873547
Abstract

The tropical green alga Caulerpa taxifolia in the Mediterranean has spread steadily since its introduction in 1984. At the end of 2000, approximately 131km2 of benthos had been colonized in 103 independent areas along 191km of coastline in six countries (Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Croatia and Tunisia). Large regions neighboring the invaded areas appear favorable to further colonization, and there is thus no reason to believe that spreading will slow down in the years to come.

DOI10.1023/A:1014549500678