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Diversity 2017, 9(2), 24; doi:10.3390/d9020024

The Significance of New Records of Benthic Red Algae (Rhodophyta) for Hainan Island (and China) between 1990 and 2016

National Scientific Centre of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Palchevskogo 17, Vladivostok 690041, Russia
Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio-Resources and Ecology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510301, China
Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Am Handelshafen 12, 27570 Bremerhaven, Germany
Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 7 Nanhai Road, Qingdao 266071, China
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Rupert Ormond
Received: 3 March 2017 / Revised: 18 April 2017 / Accepted: 25 May 2017 / Published: 31 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tropical Marine Biodiversity)
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We present an annotated list of new finds of red algae from Hainan Island, Southern China, including those found in 1990 and 1992 during the German-Chinese expeditions to Hainan Island and in 2008–2016 by Titlyanova, Titlyanov, and Li. Between 1990 and 1992, a total of 64 taxa of red algae were newly recorded for Hainan Island. Of these 15 species were new records for China. During the period 2008–2016, a further 54 taxa were newly recorded for Hainan Island, of which 20 were new records for China. The full list of new taxa includes taxonomic forms, dates, and locales, together with known biogeographical distributions. During both periods, the apparent enrichment of red algal marine flora has occurred in a similar way—mainly at the expense of epiphytes with filamentous, thin-filamentous, and finely branched forms. We believe that the changes in the flora of Hainan Island have been influenced by both anthropogenic and natural factors including in particular exploitation of herbivores, nutrient pollution, and coral bleaching. View Full-Text
Keywords: new records; Rhodophyta; Hainan Island; China new records; Rhodophyta; Hainan Island; China

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Titlyanova, T.V.; Titlyanov, E.A.; Li, X.; Bartsch, I.; Xia, B. The Significance of New Records of Benthic Red Algae (Rhodophyta) for Hainan Island (and China) between 1990 and 2016. Diversity 2017, 9, 24.

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