Invasion of Caulerpa racemosa var. cylindracea (Caulerpales, Chlorophyta) in the Mediterranean Sea: An assessment of the spread

Luigi Piazzi, Alexandre Meinesz, Marc Verlaque, Baris Akçali, Boris Antolić, Marina Argyrou, David Balata, Enric Ballesteros, Sebastiano Calvo, Francesco Cinelli, Sukran Cirik, Andrea Cossu, Roberta D'Archino, Aslam Sami Djellouli, Fabrice Javel, Edwin Lanfranco, Carmen Mifsud, David Pala, Panayotis Panayotidis, Andrea PeiranoGérard Pergent, Antonella Petrocelli, Sandrine Ruitton, Ante Žuljević, Giulia Ceccherelli

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to evaluate the colonization of the green alga Caulerpa racemosa var. cylindracea thirteen years after it was signalled in the Mediterranean Sea. The alga has been recorded along the coasts of 11 nations, developing on all kind of substrata, both in polluted and in unpolluted areas, between 0 and 70 m depth. The length of coastline affected by the invasion of C. racemosa var. cylindracea in Spain, France, Italy and Croatia ranged from 700 to 750 km at the end of 2003. The main aspects of the ecology of the species in the Mediterranean Sea and the effects of the invasion on human activities in coastal areas are also discussed. © 2005 Adac. Tous droits réservés.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189 - 202
Number of pages14
JournalCryptogamie, Algologie
Volume26
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2005
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Plant Science

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Piazzi, L., Meinesz, A., Verlaque, M., Akçali, B., Antolić, B., Argyrou, M., ... Ceccherelli, G. (2005). Invasion of Caulerpa racemosa var. cylindracea (Caulerpales, Chlorophyta) in the Mediterranean Sea: An assessment of the spread. Cryptogamie, Algologie, 26(2), 189 - 202.