A New Species of Halimeda from Jamaica
Abstract:One of the most abundant calcareous algae of the fore-reef slope environment in Jamaica is a new species, Halimeda copiosa. A distinctive feature is the large overall size of the plants. Its morphologic characters are described and compared with those of other Halimedas. The vertical range of the species is between 10 and about 80 meters, but the plants reach their greatest abundance and size at depths between 20 and 45 meters. H. copiosa prefers steeply sloping surfaces from which it grows in large bunches that may be either erect or decumbent. The ecological importance of H. copiosa is considerable judging by the large contribution it makes to the coarse calcareous sediments of the fore-reef slope.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1967-06-01
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