The introduced green alga Caulerpa taxifolia continues to spread in the Mediterranean

Alexandre Meinesz, Thomas Belsher, Thierry Thibaut, Boris Antolic, Karim Ben Mustapha, Charles-Francçois Boudouresque, Danièle Chiaverini, Francesco Cinelli, Jean-Michel Cottalorda, Aslam Djellouli, Amor El Abed, Carla Orestano, Antoni M. Grau, Ljiljana Ivesa, Andrej Jaklin, Habib Langar, Enric Massuti-Pascual, Andrea Peirano, Leonardo Tunesi, Jean De VaugelasNevenka Zavodnik, Ante Zuljevic

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The tropical green alga Caulerpa taxifolia in the Mediterranean has spread steadily since its introduction in 1984. At the end of 2000, approximately 131 km2of benthos had been colonized in 103 independent areas along 191 km 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201 - 210
Number of pages10
JournalBiological Invasions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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Meinesz, 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., ... Zuljevic, A. (2001). The introduced green alga Caulerpa taxifolia continues to spread in the Mediterranean. Biological Invasions, 3(2), 201 - 210.