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Surveying Caulerpa (Chlorophyta) species along the shores of the eastern Mediterranean

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S. UKABI, Z. DUBINSKY, Y. STEINBERGER, A. ISRAEL
S. UKABI, Z. DUBINSKY, Y. STEINBERGER, A. ISRAEL

Abstract


Caulerpa (Chlorophyta) species inhabiting intertidal and shallow subtidal areas along the Israeli Mediterranean shores were surveyed (i.e. presence/absence) on a seasonal basis from 2007-2009. We recorded the presence of three speciesC. prolifera, C. mexicana, and C. scalpelliformis. These species were noticeable in autumn and inconspicuous during winter, thus, revealing seasonality and population dynamics. There were no indications of well-known invasive species such as Caulerpa racemosa var.cylindracea and Caulerpa taxifolia. This study is the first of a kind that assesses the geographical distribution and seasonality of the genus Caulerpa along the Israeli shores.

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