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Effects of Caulerpa cylindracea on marine biodiversity

  • Autori: Mannino, A.; Balistreri, P.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2017
  • Tipologia: Contributo in atti di convegno pubblicato in rivista
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The Mediterranean sea is an important hotspot for alien species. Following habitat loss, Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are considered to be amongst the most serious threats to biodiversity and natural ecosystem functioning. Among the IAS recorded in the Mediterranean sea, Caulerpa cylindracea Sonder, introduced from Australia and New Caledonia, has raised serious concern due to its negative impact on native communities. We provide some observations on the effects of the presence of C. cylindracea on the communities living along the coasts of the Island of Favignana (Egadi Islands, Marine Protected Areas).