Journal article

New records of three moss species (Ptychostomum pseudotriquetrum, Schistidium antarctici, and Coscinodon lawianus) from the southern Prince Charles Mountains, Mac.Robertson Land, Antarctica

ML Skotnicki, PM Selkirk, SD Boger



We have used a combination of traditional morphological examination and molecular DNA analysis to characterise 16 moss specimens collected from the Mawson Escarpment and Clemence Massif, exposures of bedrock and glacial debris in the southern Prince Charles Mountains of East Antarctica. The nuclear ribosomal ITS region and the chloroplast rps4 gene were sequenced and compared with those of other mosses known from coastal East Antarctica. The moss specimens from the southern Prince Charles Mountains were identified as Ptychostomum pseudotriquetrum (Hedw.) D. T. Holyoak and N. Pedersen, Schistidium antarctici (Cardot) 'L.I. Savicz & Smirnova' and Coscinodon lawianus (J.H. Willis) Ochyra. These..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Duanne White and other members of the PC-MEGA expedition for assistance with sample collection, Helen Peat of the British Antarctic Survey Herbarium and Perpetua Turner of the Australian Antarctic Division Herbarium for providing herbarium specimens, Anne Mackenzie for assistance with DNA sequencing, two referees for helpful comments, and the Australian Antarctic Programme for major logistical support for fieldwork in the Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica. This work was supported by an Antarctic Science Research Grant and the Hermon Slade Foundation.