Title

New record for Halophila decipiens Ostenfeld in Kenya based on morphological and molecular evidence

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Natural Sciences, Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research

RAS ID

8843

Comments

Originally published as: McMahon, K. M., & Waycott, M. (2009). New record for Halophila decipiens Ostenfeld in Kenya based on morphological and molecular evidence. Aquatic Botany, 91(4), 318-320. Original available here

Abstract

The seagrass Halophila decipiens Ostenfeld was recorded for the first time in Kenya in 2003. It was growing in subtidal mixed meadows with H. ovalis in protected bays at a depth of 3 m. DNA sequence analysis and morphological characteristics confirmed the identification. It is possible that this species is more widely distributed in the east African region. There was very little sequence differentiation between the Kenyan H. decipiens and the other samples in the Indo-West Pacific, and between this region and the Atlantic Ocean, further validating from an evolutionary perspective recent dispersal of this species.

DOI

10.1016/j.aquabot.2009.07.008

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1016/j.aquabot.2009.07.008