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New records of marine algae from Tonga, Central Polynesia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 October 2014

Antoine De Ramon N'Yeurt*
Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, the University of the South Pacific, Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji
Roy T. Tsuda
Botany—Herbarium Pacificum, Department of Natural Sciences, Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, USA
Correspondence should be addressed to: A.D.R. N'Yeurt, Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, The University of the South Pacific, Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji email:
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A total of 34 marine algae are reported for the first time based on historical herbarium collections from the marine shores of Tonga in the central South Pacific Ocean: eight Rhodophyta and 26 Chlorophyta. One species of Rhodophyta, i.e. Trichogloea requienii, and four species of Chlorophyta, i.e. Caulerpa plumulifera, Codium extricatum, Udotea glaucescens and Valoniopsis pachynema, represent the first records from central Polynesia. The red alga Titanophora pikeana has only been previously reported in this region from the adjacent western Melanesian islands of Fiji and the isolated Hawaiian Islands to the north. The other 28 algal species are widely distributed marine species around tropical and subtropical islands in the Pacific Ocean.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2014 

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