Ballantine and Aponte 2003

scientific article | Nova Hedwigia

An annotated checklist of deep-reef benthic marine algae from Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas (western Atlantic), I. Chlorophyta and Heterokontophyta

Ballantine DL, Aponte NE

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Forty two Chlorophyta and nine Heterokontophyta (Phaeophyceae) species of benthic marine algae were identified from collections made at the deep (> 27 m) fore-reef at Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas. Ten of these species represent first reports from the Bahamas Archipelago and the report of Pedobesia simplex (Meneghini ex Kützing) M.J.Wynne & F.Leliaert is probably the first authentic record from the western Atlantic. Collected at depths of 61 m, Avrainvillea cyathiformis sp. nov. is described herein. The new species attains a height of only 4.0 cm and has nearly cylindrical inner medullary filaments which measure to 20 µm in diameter. The filaments decrease in diameter, to 8 µm, at their distal ends and are tortuous. Avrainvillea cyathiformis differs from all other species of the genus in possessing cyathiform blades.

Research sites

10.1127   0029 5035   2003   0076 0113
Depth range
27- 122 m

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Biodiversity Community structure

Research focus
Algae (Macro, Turf and Crustose Coralline)


Research platforms
Diving - Regular Open-Circuit Manned Submersible
Author profiles
David Ballantine ( 8 pubs)