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Volume 56, Issue 4


New record of the seagrass species Halophila major (Zoll.) Miquel in Vietnam: evidence from leaf morphology and ITS analysis

Nguyen Xuan Vy
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  • Institute of Botany, Leibniz University Hannover, Herrenhäuserstr. 2, D-30419 Hannover, Germany
  • Institute of Oceanography, Department of Marine Botany, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 01 Cau Da, Nha Trang City, Vietnam
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Published Online: 2013-07-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2012-0188


The seagrass Halophila major (Zoll.) Miquel is reported for the first time from Vietnam. It was found growing with other seagrass species nearshore, 4–6 m deep at Tre Island, Nha Trang Bay. Leaf morphology and phylogenetic analysis based on ribosomal internal transcribed spacer sequences confirmed the identification. There was very little sequence differentiation among samples of H. major collected in Vietnam and other countries in the Western Pacific region. A very low evolutionary divergence among H. major populations was found.

Keywords: Halophila major; internal transcribed spacer; new record; seagrass; Vietnam


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Corresponding author: Nguyen Xuan Vy, Institute of Botany, Leibniz University Hannover, Herrenhäuserstr. 2, D-30419 Hannover, Germany; and Institute of Oceanography, Department of Marine Botany, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 01 Cau Da, Nha Trang City, Vietnam

Received: 2012-08-01

Accepted: 2013-06-25

Published Online: 2013-07-24

Published in Print: 2013-08-01

Citation Information: Botanica Marina, Volume 56, Issue 4, Pages 313–321, ISSN (Online) 1437-4323, ISSN (Print) 0006-8055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2012-0188.

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