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Athanasiadis et al. 2013


scientific article | Botanica Marina

Hydrolithon abyssophila sp. nov. (Hydrolithoideae, Corallinales), a bisporic coralline from the insular shelf edge of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (US)

Athanasiadis A, Ballantine DL, Ruiz H



Abstract

A new species of Hydrolithon is described from mesophotic habitats, between 30 and at least 76 m depth, off La Parguera, Puerto Rico, and St Thomas, Virgin Islands (Caribbean Sea). Its encrusting thallus covers corals and rocks. Hydrolithon abyssophila sp. nov. is distinctive in developing bisporangia that are about twice as large as its congeners and in lacking both perithallial protuberances and trichocytes in horizontal or vertical groups. It reproduces primarily by uninucleate bispores that presumably recycle the parental phase. Unfertilized carpogonia were observed in one collection suggesting the rare occurrence of gametophytic reproduction in the species.

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Meta-data
Depth range
30- 76 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
3 x (total of 2893 words)

Classification
* Presents original data
* Reports new species
* Focused on `mesophotic` depth range
* Focused on `mesophotic coral ecosystem`

Fields
Taxonomy

Focusgroups
Algae (Macro, Turf and Crustose Coralline)

Locations
Puerto Rico
US Virgin Islands

Platforms
SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)

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