New record for Halophila decipiens Ostenfeld in Kenya based on morphological and molecular evidence
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Natural Sciences / Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research
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.