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Mangrove-associated algae from Samoa, South Pacific
Skelton, P.A.; South, G.R. (2002). Mangrove-associated algae from Samoa, South Pacific. Constancea 83: [no pag.]
In: Constancea: University of California Electronic Publications in Botany. University of California: Berkeley. ISSN 1559-4041, more
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  • Skelton, P.A.
  • South, G.R.

    The Samoan Archipelago represents the easternmost natural extension of mangroves in the Indo-Pacific, with mangrove communities composed of two main species Bruguiera gymnorhiza (L.) Lamx. and Rhizophora mangle L.; the associated macroalgal flora has not been previously described. Mangrove associated macroalgae are documented from the island of Upolu, Samoa. A total of 25 taxa were found: 6 Cyanophyta, 10 Rhodophyta, and 9 Chlorophyta. Twelve of these taxa are newly recorded for the Samoan flora (2 Cyanophyta, 5 Rhodophyta, and 5 Chlorophyta). Cystocarpic and spermatangial plants of Caloglossa adhaerens King & Puttock are reported for the first time. Mangrove communities of predominantly Bruguiera gymnorhiza were endowed with bostrychietum algae (Bostrychia tenella subsp. tenella, Caloglossa leprieurii and Murrayella periclados). In communities dominated by Rhizophora mangle, two algal assemblages were noted; one having a mixture of Caloglossa spp. and Murrayella periclados, and the other consisting primarily of Polysiphonia, Murrayella and Cladophora species. Both assemblages lacked Bostrychia species. There was a notable absence of Phaeophyta from the mangrove communities of Samoa.

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