Molecular authentication of Caulerpa (Chlorophyta) species along the eastern (Israeli) Mediterranean shores

Shimrit Ukabi, Eli Shemesh, Zvy Dubinsky, Gitit Hershkovits, Alvaro Israel

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Phylogenetic analyses based on ITS1, ITS2 and tufA gene sequences confirmed the earlier described presence of three Caulerpa species, namely C. prolifera, C. mexicana and C. scalpelliformis, along the Israeli Mediterranean shores. These analyses also demonstrated that C. mexicana is indeed widespread in this area, and ruled out the presence of the morphologically almost similar and invasive C. taxifolia. In the past, this species has apparently been misidentified by local phycologists. A consistent genotypic variability present in the Israeli C. mexicana sequences creates a well-supported separate clade when compared to their Mediterranean Sea counterparts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-71
Number of pages5
JournalBotanica Marina
Issue number1
Early online date31 Jan 2014
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Caulerpa mexicana
  • Caulerpa taxifolia
  • ITS1 and ITS2
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • TufA gene


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