Journal article

Reassessment of the genus Lophurella (Rhodomelaceae, Rhodophyta) from Australia and New Zealand reveals four cryptic species

Pilar Diaz-Tapia, Christine A Maggs, Wendy Nelson, Erasmo C Macaya, Heroen Verbruggen



Cryptic diversity is common in the red algae and is often discovered when comparing specimens from distant locations or different morphotypes of species with high phenotypic plasticity. The genus Lophurella includes seven species from the cold-temperate coasts of the southern hemisphere. L. periclados is the only species reported from Australia where two morphotypes were identified in relation to levels of wave exposure. In New Zealand, three species of Lophurella have been reported–the endemic L. caespitosa (type locality Parimahu, North Island of New Zealand), L. hookeriana (type locality Cape Horn, South America) and L. periclados. We reassessed species diversity of Lophurella in Australi..

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Awarded by Bush Blitz Strategic Taxonomy Grant

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Funding Acknowledgements

PDT acknowledges support by the postdoctoral programme 'Axudas de apoio a etapa de formacion posdoutoral' (Conselleria de Cultura, Educacion e Ordenacion Universitaria, Xunta de Galicia). Funding for the field and molecular work was provided by the Australian Biological Resources Study, including participation in a Bush Blitz expedition, a Bush Blitz Strategic Taxonomy Grant (TTC216-03) and a National Taxonomy Research Grant (RFL213-08). Sampling in Tasmania was made possible through funding from the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment. Collections from south east Otago and Stewart Island were made during collaboration with the Marine Sciences Department, University of Otago (Dr Chris Hepburn), and support was also provided by NIWA SSIF funding (WAN). ECM acknowledges support by FONDAP (grant #15150003), Centro de Investigacion en Dinamica de Ecosistemas Marinos de Altas Latitudes (IDEAL).