Caulerpa taxifolia

sobelj%dccmc at sobelj%dccmc at
Wed Jul 8 15:36:29 EDT 1998

In response to David Zakai's earlier message below:

The Caulerpa taxifolia introduction to the French Mediterranean was 
featured in a U.S. National Public Radio piece yesterday and from that 
piece it sounds like a very significant exotic species introducation 
doing extensive damage.

The question was:

Dear All,

Does anyone know of any examples or papers which demonstrate an
introduction of exotic marine animals as a result of release to the near 
sea or lake after keeping the exotic animal as a pet??

Many Thanks, David.

One of the answers is:

Dear David,

The closest I can get to an introduction of a marine organism used as a 
is the famous Caulerpa taxifolia released from an aquarium into the 
of southern France.

Meinesz, A. et al.  1993.  Spread of the introduced tropical green alga
Caulerpa taxifolia in northern Mediterranian waters. Journal of Applied
Phycology 5: 141-147

Could you post the replies you recieve on the coral list ?

Simon Wilson

   David Zakai,
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