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First account of native and alien macroalgal biodiversity at Andros Island (Greece, Eastern Mediterranean)

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Marine benthic macroalgae populations have been qualitatively and quantitatively studied for the first time from the eastern coasts of Andros Island (Aegean Sea, Greece). Samples were collected from rocky shores at the capital city (Andros Village) and nearby sites. A total of 113 taxa were identified, comprising of 24 Chlorophyta, 23 Ochrophyta and 66 Rhodophyta. A bushy phycocommunity dominated by geniculate red algae was observed at sites at a distance from 'Andros Village', whilst at the latter the alien macroalgae Codium fragile subsp. fragile and Asparagopsis taxiformis prevailed. These taxa exhibited invasive behavior locally displaying extremely high abundances. The canopy forming Cystoseira species were present at all studied sites but only in low abundances.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2013

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  • Nova Hedwigia is an international journal publishing original, peer-reviewed papers on current issues of taxonomy, morphology, ultrastructure and ecology of all groups of cryptogamic plants, including cyanophytes/cyanobacteria and fungi. The half-tone plates in Nova Hedwigia are known for their high quality, which makes them especially suitable for the reproduction of photomicrographs and scanning and transmission electron micrographs.
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