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Diversity 2010, 2(6), 946-958; doi:10.3390/d2060946

Using Molecular-Assisted Alpha Taxonomy to Better Understand Red Algal Biodiversity in Bermuda

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Department of Biology, Trinity College, 300 Summit St., Hartford, CT 06106, USA
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Department of Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island, 120 Flagg Rd., Kingston, RI 02881, USA
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Received: 4 May 2010 / Revised: 14 May 2010 / Accepted: 13 June 2010 / Published: 17 June 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biological Diversity Assessed by Molecular Methods)
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Abstract

Molecular-assisted alpha taxonomy has recently become an effective practice in reassessing biodiversity and floristics for a variety of different organisms. This paper presents a series of examples that have been drawn from biodiversity work being carried out on the marine red algae of Bermuda. Molecular sequencing of DNA from Bermuda samples has already begun to greatly alter the makeup of the flora as it was known just decades ago, and will help set a new database for future comparison as climate change affects species composition in the islands.
Keywords: algae; Bermuda; convergence; cryptic species; molecular-assisted alpha taxonomy (MAAT); Rhodophyta algae; Bermuda; convergence; cryptic species; molecular-assisted alpha taxonomy (MAAT); Rhodophyta
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Cianciola, E.N.; Popolizio, T.R.; Schneider, C.W.; Lane, C.E. Using Molecular-Assisted Alpha Taxonomy to Better Understand Red Algal Biodiversity in Bermuda. Diversity 2010, 2, 946-958.

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