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Notes on the benthic marine algae of Puerto Rico, XI: new records including new Meredithia (Kallymeniaceae, Rhodophyta) species

David L. Ballantine
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  • Smithsonian Institution, Department of Botany, NHB166, P.O. Box 37012, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. 20013, USA
  • Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 00681, USA
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Published Online: 2015-09-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2015-0005

Abstract

Continued collection of algae around the island of Puerto Rico principally focused on deep and shallow coral reef habitats led to the additional recognition of nine species previously unknown for the flora, including five Rhodophyta: Liagora tsengii, Crouania elisiae, Crouania pumila, Augophyllum wysori, Chrysymenia ventricosa; one Heterokontophyta (Phaeophyceae): Zonaria tournefortii; and three Chlorophyta: Bolbocoleon piliferum, Rhipocephalus oblongus, and Udotea caribaea. Kallymenia limminghei as previously reported from Puerto Rico is now recognized to be a distinct entity, Meredithia puchella, and Meredithia? caribaea is also described as a new species.

Keywords: Caribbean Sea; marine algae; Meredithia new species; new records; Puerto Rico

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About the article

David L. Ballantine

David L. Ballantine is presently a Research Associate in the Department of Botany, U.S. National Herbarium, Smithsonian Institution. He spent over 30 years at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico where his research dealt primarily with systematics and ecology of Caribbean marine algae.

Hector Ruíz

Hector Ruíz Torres is an accomplished underwater photographer, specializing in ecology and systematics of Caribbean corals and marine algae, having collected marine algae to depths of greater than 100 m. He is currently a marine environmental consultant involved with conservation and restoration of mangrove, seagrass, and coral reef habitats.

James N. Norris

James N. Norris is currently a Research Scientist and Curator Emeritus in the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. He has spent over 40 years at the museum and US National Herbarium, focusing his research on systematics and ecology of marine algae of Gulf of California, Pacific Mexico and Panama, and the tropical and subtropical western Atlantic.


Corresponding author: David L. Ballantine, Smithsonian Institution, Department of Botany, NHB166, P.O. Box 37012, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. 20013, USA; and Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 00681, USA, e-mail:


Received: 2015-01-07

Accepted: 2015-08-06

Published Online: 2015-09-05

Published in Print: 2015-10-01


Citation Information: Botanica Marina, Volume 58, Issue 5, Pages 355–365, ISSN (Online) 1437-4323, ISSN (Print) 0006-8055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2015-0005.

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