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The Mesophotic, Coral Reef-Associated, Marine Algal Flora of Puerto Rico, Caribbean Sea

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posted on 16.09.2019 by David L. Ballantine, Hector Ruiz Torres, Nilda E. Aponte
Deepwater open-circuit scuba, dredging, submersible, and technical mixed-gas (closed-circuit) rebreather diving collections of marine benthic algae made over the last approximately 30 years in Puerto Rico are summarized in this account. In total, 186 taxa (166 identified to species) comprising 60% Rhodophyta, 11% Phaeophyceae, and 29% Chlorophyta are reported from depths greater than 35 m. Eighty-nine of these (56% of taxa identified to species) from the Puerto Rican mesophotic are thought to be the deepest known distributional records for the species recognized. Forty-three species (8% of the entire benthic flora of Puerto Rico) are mostly or entirely restricted to depths greater than 35 m.

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  • Smithsonian Contributions to Botany

Volume Number

105

Publication date

10/11/2016

ISSN (print)

0081-024X

ISSN (online)

1938-2812

Funder(s)

Smithsonian Institution; National Museum of Natural History; University of Puerto Rico, Recinto Mayagüez; National Marine Fisheries Service; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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