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

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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 km2 of 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.

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Meinesz, A., Belsher, T., Thibaut, T. et al. The Introduced Green Alga Caulerpa Taxifolia Continues to Spread in the Mediterranean. Biological Invasions 3, 201–210 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1014549500678

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  • benthic survey
  • Caulerpa taxifolia
  • introduced species
  • invasive species
  • Mediterranean Sea