Molecular evidence for the aquarium origin of the green alga Caulerpa taxifolia introduced to the Mediterranean Sea

TitleMolecular evidence for the aquarium origin of the green alga Caulerpa taxifolia introduced to the Mediterranean Sea
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
Refereed DesignationRefereed
AuthorsJousson, O., Pawlowski J., Zaninetti L., Meinesz A., & Boudouresque CF.
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Volume172
Pagination275 - 280
Date Published1998
ISSN1616-1599
Abstract

Here, we present the first molecular evidence that the tropical green alga Caulerpa taxifolia, which is quickly spreading in the Mediterranean and out-competing native species, escaped to the sea from a public or private aquarium. Our data show that this alga is genetically identical to the strain cultivated in western European aquaria since the early 1970s. The facility with which this strain is obtained world-wide represents a potential danger of additional biological invasions.

URLhttp://www.int-res.com/articles/meps/172/m172p275.pdf
DOI10.3354/meps172275
Short TitleMar. Ecol. Prog. Ser.