New Invasive Seaweed Caulerpa taxifolia (Vahl.) C. Agardh. (Caulerpaceae) Recorded From Libyan Sea

Mohammed H. Mahklouf Fathi M. Talha

Abstract


The green species Caulerpa taxifolia (Caulerpaceae), native e to the West Australia, is reported for the first time from pelagic zone in Marine research center located in Tajura belong to Tripoli province - Libya. All specimens, which are small and easily overlooked, were found in coast rock habitats in the pelagic zone, at depths in the range of 1 - 4 m, growing freely or attacked to the rocks by rhizoids. Morphological features are described and discussed.

Keywords


Caulerpa taxifolia, Invasive species, Mediterranean Sea, Marine algae

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