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Analysis of spatial and temporal diversity and distribution of Porphyra (Rhodophyta) in southeastern New Zealand supported by the use of molecular tools

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Schweikert, K and Sutherland, JE and Burritt, DJ and Hurd, CL, Analysis of spatial and temporal diversity and distribution of Porphyra (Rhodophyta) in southeastern New Zealand supported by the use of molecular tools, Journal of Phycology, 48 pp. 530-538. ISSN 1529-8817 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Phycological Society of America

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1529-8817.2012.01161.x

Abstract

Molecular studies have shown that New Zealand’s rocky shores are a habitat for >30 species of Porphyra, but little is known of their seasonal and zonal distribution. The spatial and temporal distribution of bladed Porphyra gametophytes at Brighton Beach, southeast New Zealand, were monitored for 32 months. Molecular markers were used for species identification, and a total of nine species was observed as being present during this time. Two species, P. cinnamomea and Porphyra sp. ‘‘ROS 54,’’ were the most common, and both were present for most months, while the remaining seven species were present sporadically, for only a few weeks at a time. P. cinnamomea W. A. Nelson and Porphyra sp. ‘‘ROS 54’’ were most common in the midintertidal, and both showed a similar seasonality with the highest presence during spring. They also showed a similar trend of seasonal dieback resulting in at least 1 month (May) in two consecutive years when they were both absent. This is one of the few studies investigating spatial and temporal distribution within a genus and over a 3-year period. Our results show no distinct intertidal zonation patterns within the genus, and we conclude that morphologically similar species in a similar habitat rely on physiological mechanisms for survival.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Environmental stress physiology, intertidal zonation, seaweed zonation
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant Biology
Research Field:Phycology (incl. Marine Grasses)
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change
Author:Hurd, CL (Associate Professor Catriona Hurd)
ID Code:91465
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2014-05-20
Last Modified:2014-06-10
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