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.
|Title of host publication||Taxonomy of Southeast Asian seaweeds|
|Editors||Siew Moi PHANG, Khanjanapaj LEWMANOMONT, Phaik Eem LIM|
|Place of Publication||Kuala Lumpur|
|Publisher||Institute of Ocean and Earth Science (IOES), University of Malaya|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|