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Title: Biodiversity and Biogeography of Benthic Marine Algae in the Southwest Pacific, with Specific Reference to Rotuma and Fiji
Authors: N'Yeurt, ADR
South, G.R.
Issue Date: Jan-1997
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: N'Yeurt ADR, South GR. 1997. Biodiversity and biogeography of benthic marine algae in the Southwest Pacific, with specific reference to Rotuma and Fiji. Pac Sci 51(1): 18-28.
Abstract: Occurrence and distribution of various species of benthic marine algae
in Fiji and Rotuma were investigated, with the resulting floras being subjected to
comparison indices (Jaccard) both between themselves and with respect to other
neighboring floras in the Southwest Pacific. The Rotuman flora was found to be
rather impoverished (106 species) with respect to the Fijian flora (314 species), and
the Nauruan and Rotuman flora were most similar, as were the Fijian and Micronesian
floras. Dispersal mechanisms for algae in the region were considered, with special
attention to the major ocean currents. These currents tend to favor movements of
algal species from more northerly locations toward Fiji, and dispersal in the opposite
direction seems unlikely. This is assumed to explain the similarities of the Rotuman
flora with the Nauruan and Micronesian floras. Peculiar distribution patterns of
algae were examined, with one species (Meristotheca procumbens P. Gabrielson &
Kraft) being found in Rotuma, Lord Howe Island, and New South Wales (Australia),
but not in intervening localities. Ecological and geographical factors are invoked
to explain this, although unavailability of detailed checklists from many sites in the
region impedes an accurate biogeographical analysis.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 51, Number 1, 1997

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