Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla

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Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla (Sonder) Verlaque, Huisman & Procaccini, 2013

The species occurs in high abundances and dominated the benthic community, suggesting that has the potential to become a major pest in the Mediterranean. It was also observed over a very wide depth range, from the sea surface to at least 100 m depth, on a variety of natural soft and hard substrates as well as abandoned fishing nets, suggesting a broad environmental plasticity.

Aplikioti M, Louizidou P, Mystikou A, Marcou M, Stavrou P, Kalogirou S, Tsiamis K, Panayotidis P, Kuepper FC (2016) Further expansion of the alien seaweed Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla (Sonder) Verlaque, Huisman & Procacini (Ulvophyceae, Bryopsidales)  in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Aquatic Invasions 11(1): 11-20

Records of Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla

Sites where Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla has been recorded in the Hellenic Seas.

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