Caulerpa taxifolia (Vahl) C. Agandh (ITIS; name is accepted but unverified)
Caulerpa, Mediterranean clone; Killer algae
Native to several tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world (Wright 2005)
2000 (Diaz et al. 2012)
Aquarium trade (Diaz et al. 2012)
Crowds out native species (Woodfield 2008)
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.
Council or Task Force
Diaz, S., J.R. Smith, S.F. Zaleski, et al. 2012. Effectiveness of the California state ban on the sale of Caulerpa species in aquarium retail stores in southern California. Environmental Management 50:89–96.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Caulerpa taxifolia. [Accessed Aug 20, 2023].
Woodfield, R. 2008. Noxious Seaweed Found in Southern California Coastal Waters. NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Regional Office.
Wright, J.T. 2005. Differences between native and invasive Caulerpa taxifolia: a link between asexual fragmentation and abundance in invasive populations. Marine Biology 147:559-569.