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Richards et al. 2018


scientific article | Phytotaxa

Sporolithon mesophoticum sp. nov. (Sporolithales, Rhodophyta) from Plantagenet Bank off Bermuda at a depth of 178 m

Richards JL, Gabrielson PW, Schneider CW


Abstract

A coralline rhodolith was collected from a depth of 178 m, the lower end of the mesophotic zone, on Plantagenet Bank offshore of Bermuda by the submersible Nomad using a mechanical armature. DNA sequence comparisons of the plastid encoded psbA and rbcL loci of this specimen to Sporolithales from the tropical western Atlantic and worldwide revealed it to be an unnamed species of Sporolithon. Sporolithon mesophoticum sp. nov. possesses tetrasporangial sori flush to slightly raised above the thallus surface and has uniquely flattened perithallial and meristematic cells. Thus far, the new species is the deepest known living marine macroalga that has been sequenced and placed into a phylogenetic context.

Keywords
Meta-data

Mesophotic “mentions”
25 x (total of 1919 words)

Classification
* Presents original data
* Focused on `mesophotic` depth range
* Focused on 'temperate mesophotic ecosystem'

Fields
Molecular ecology
Taxonomy

Focusgroups
Algae (Macro, Turf and Crustose Coralline)

Locations
Bermuda

Platforms
Manned Submersible

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