The genus Sargassum in the South China Sea region: A compilation list and preliminary biogeographical analysis

P.O. ANG, S.M. LEUNG, M.M. CHOI, Chi Chiu CHEANG

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Abstract

A list of species belonging to the brown algal genus Sargassum from 10 areas around the South China Sea, including the Gulf of Thailand, is compiled with a total of 191 species recorded. Among these areas, the Philippines recorded the highest number of species (73) and Thailand the lowest (11). Cluster analysis based on species composition of each area indicates a good separation of subtropical areas like Hong Kong, South China, Vietnam, Hainan and Taiwan from the truly tropical areas like the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. This is largely due to the presence of more typically temperate to subtropical species in those subtropical areas. The South China Sea region is also characterized by the presence of many (70 out of 191 or 36.6%) recently described new species. The taxonomic validity of many of these remains to be clarified. Copyright © 2008 Institute of Ocean and Earth Science (IOES), University of Malaya.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTaxonomy of Southeast Asian seaweeds
EditorsSiew Moi PHANG, Khanjanapaj LEWMANOMONT, Phaik Eem LIM
Place of PublicationKuala Lumpur
PublisherInstitute of Ocean and Earth Science (IOES), University of Malaya
Pages147-158
ISBN (Print)9789675148132
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Citation

Ang, P. O., Leung, S. M., Choi, M. M., & Cheang, C. C. (2008). The genus Sargassum in the South China Sea region: A compilation list and preliminary biogeographical analysis. In S.-M. Phang, K. Lewmanomont, & P.-E. Lim (Eds.), Taxonomy of Southeast Asian seaweeds (pp. 147-158). Malaysia: Institute of Ocean and Earth Science (IOES), University of Malaya.

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