describe A killer alga has invaded the waters off California In June 2004 biologists identified a Caulerpa taxifolia mutant as an alien invader in the San Diego area this alga normally grows in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea then it can survive the colder waters of the Pacific Coast as well as if not controlled could spread from California south to Peru.
describe where does this killer come from? As innocent as it seems it was bred for home aquariums as well as then was probably dumped into the water system where it began to reproduce prolifically. The alga is therefore adaptive that it can overtake the normal flora of an area outstripping as well as outcompeting all other living plants. Currently 10 patches of the killer alga have been sighted off the California coast as well as they are being watched thoroughly by the Southern California Caulerpa Action Team.
The U.S government has placed this strain of C. taxifolia on the noxious weed list which resources that any possible source of contamination of the weed will be highly restricted. Shipments that contain any type of C. taxifolia as well as pass through an area where the variety is established or thought to be established will be refused entry.
Do you think this is really that big a deal?
Label another instance in which an introduced species has develop a problem for the existing ecosystem - could be in the area in which you live or anywhere else