Tropical seaweed

Tropical seaweed

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This image is part of the feature The Invaders - The 10 Worst Invasive Species

Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Invasive tropical seaweed (Caulerpa taxifolia) in the Mediterranean Sea. This seaweed is native to the Caribbean. Hybrids were developed in Europe in the 1970s for use in marine aquariums. Accidental release into the wild, by the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, introduced this species into the Mediterranean Sea. It has now colonised much of the Mediterranean as well as posing a threat to the coast of California, where it grows to a massive size in comparison to its parent plant. Apart from its rapid growth rate, its high toxicity stops its being a food source for marine wildlife.

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