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ISRN Oceanography
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 470185, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2013/470185
Research Article

Marine Benthic Algae of the Commander Islands (Pacific Coast of Russia) with Checklist Revised in 2012

Kamchatka Branch of Pacific Geographical Institute, Far Eastern Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskii 683000, Russia

Received 19 October 2012; Accepted 5 December 2012

Academic Editors: H. J. Dowsett, S. Focardi, and J. O. Herrle

Copyright © 2013 Olga N. Selivanova and Galina G. Zhigadlova. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A revised checklist of marine benthic algae of the Commander Islands (Russian Pacific) is presented. It is based on the authors’ field collections. The list of algae of the area totals to 187 species (36 Chlorophyta, 38 Ochrophyta, class Phaeophyceae, and 113 Rhodophyta) of these 44 species (9 Chlorophyta, 8 Ochrophyta, class Phaeophyceae, and 27 Rhodophyta) are added to the previous checklists (Selivanova and Zhigadlova, 1997). We also confirm the presence of 5 species on the Islands that were absent in our earlier material but were recorded by other authors (Phycodrys amchitkensis, Mastocarpus papillatus, Lithothamnion sonderi, Odonthalia dentata, and Pleonosporium vancouverianum). The species list of the newly recorded algae contains information on their ecology, fertility, and distribution. The algal taxonomy and nomenclature are updated with new world data.