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Benthic algae and seagrasses of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park, Western Australia

Huisman, J.M., Kendrick, A.J. and Rule, M.J. (2011) Benthic algae and seagrasses of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park, Western Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 94 (1). pp. 29-44.

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A survey of the marine plants of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park has recorded 49 species of marine benthic algae and seagrasses, including 15 green algae, 11 brown algae, 18 red algae, 4 seagrasses, and one cyanobacterium, representing a substantial increase on the 14 previously recorded species. Most species are relatively common elements of the south-western Australian marine flora, but several are of taxonomic or biogeographic and ecological interest. Included in this group are: a new species of the green algal genus Codium, the first records of previously unknown reproductive phases in the red algae Mazoyerella australis and Spermothamnion cymosum, and a new distribution record for Ossiella pacifica, a species hitherto known only from warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean and not recorded for mainland Australia. The species diversity in the inlets decreases markedly with increasing distance from the ocean, reflecting a reducing marine and increasing estuarine influence.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Publisher: Royal Society of Western Australia
Copyright: © Royal Society of Western Australia 2011
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