Caulerpa taxifolia is probably, to this day, and on a world scale, the introduced marine species on which we have the largest amount of available data. These data already give some answers to some of the questions arising from the expansion of C. taxifolia in the Mediterranean. This is the latest bibliographic list about the subject.

These data can be found in scientific publications (international and national journals, proceedings of symposia), in thesis and in unpublished scientific reports. Furthermore, a large number of documents aiming at public awareness and information have been published. The present document aims to facilitate access to these data.

These scientific papers and documents were realized in the framework of the European Community Commission DG XI Life programmes “The spread of the tropical alga Caulerpa taxifolia in the Mediterranean” 1993-1995., “Control of the spread of Caulerpa taxifolia in the Mediterranean” 1996-1999. (General coordinator : Prof. Charles F. BOUDOURESQUE, as Director of the CNRS-University Research Unit Nr 6540 “Dimar” (Biological diversity and functioning of coastal marine ecosystems), Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille, University of the Mediterranean, Station Marine d’Endoume and Luminy Campus, case 901, 13288 Marseilles-Luminy cedex 9, France. Phone : ++ (33) 4 91 82 91 31 and ++ (33) 4 91 82 91 35. Fax : ++ (33) 4 91 41 12 65. Email : and of other related programmes : Ministère de l’Aménagement du Territoire et de l’Environnement (France), Mission interministérielle de la Mer (France), Conseil régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (France), Conseil Régional Auvergne (France), Conseil Régional de Corse, Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône (France), Conseil Général des Pyrénées-Orientales (France), Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Transportes y Medio Ambiente (Spain), Ministerio de Educación y de Cultura (Spain), Govern Balear (Spain), Región de Murcia (Spain), Junta de Andalucía (Spain), Generalitat Valenciana (Spain), Junta de Sanejament, Departament de Medi Ambient de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalonia, Spain), Ministerio delle Risorse agricoli, alimentari et forestali (Italy), Provincia de Imperia (Italy), Regione Toscana (Italy), Institut National des Sciences et Techniques de la Mer (Tunisia) and Greenpeace Tunisia. Nevertheless, some papers and documents not resulting from these programmes are mentioned (they are distinguished by *).

A total of 520 people, belonging to some 130 laboratories, as well as public and private agencies, have contributed to the elaboration of this work and documents.

The 724 documents and scientific papers cited below can be classified as follows :
– 12 Books
– 103 Articles in international scientific Journals,
– 62 Articles in other scientific Journals,
– 19 Chapters in multiauthor Books
– 252 Papers in scientific Symposium Proceedings,
– 33 Abstracts of scientific Symposiums,
– 11 Dissertations for the degree of Doctor (and similar Diplomas),
– 52 Other Dissertations,
– 64 Scientific Reports,
– 115 Public Awareness,
– 1 Others.

Vincent Gravez et Charles-François Boudouresque (2003)

This document should be cited as follows:

BOUDOURESQUE C.F., LE DIREAC’H L., MONIN M., MEINESZ A., 2002 Scientific papers and documents dealing with the alga Caulerpa taxifolia introduced to the Mediterranean. Thirteenth edition. GIS Posidonie publishers, Marseilles, Fr.: 1-85.