Preliminary reports from the Caulerpa taxifolia invasion in southern California

TitlePreliminary reports from the Caulerpa taxifolia invasion in southern California
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
Refereed DesignationRefereed
AuthorsWilliams, S. L., & Grosholz E. D.
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Volume233
Pagination307 - 310
Date Published2002
ISSN1616-1599
Abstract

We report the first preliminary in situ observations of the invasive strain of the tropical green seaweed Caulerpa taxifolia in Huntington Harbor, California. Although patch size had regressed from the previous, presumably summer, extent, C. taxifolia exhibited new frond growth within patches despite low winter water temperature. The growth patterns, size of fronds, density, and biomass were similar to those reported from other invasion sites in the Mediterranean Sea and Australia. The seagrass Ruppia maritima also grew at the site. In patches mixed with C. taxifolia, the biomass of R. maritima was 20 times lower than in patches without C. taxifolia.

URLhttp://www.int-res.com/articles/meps2002/233/m233p307.pdf
DOI10.3354/meps233307
Short TitleMar. Ecol. Prog. Ser.