Title

Southern expansion of the brown alga Colpomenia peregrina Sauvageau (Scytosiphonales) in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Abstract

Blackler first recorded Colpomenia peregrina in the Northwest Atlantic based on collections from Nova Scotia, Canada. Five decades later we found large quantities of C. peregrina in Maine, USA, even though it was absent during earlier floristic studies in this region. Thus, C. peregrina has undergone a rapid southern expansion along the Northwest Atlantic coast. While the causes of such an expansion are unknown, it could have a major effect on both shellfish cultivation and native seaweeds within New England because of competitive interactions and increased drag.

Publication Date

12-1-2012

Journal Title

Botanica Marina

Publisher

Walter de Gruyter

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1515/bot-2012-0157

Scientific Contribution Number

2488

Document Type

Article

Rights

Copyright 2012 Walter de Gruyter