Colpomenia bullosa crust masquerading as Ralfsia verrucosa (Phaeophyceae) in southeast Australia
We analyzed nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) and plastid rbcL genes from the crustose brown algae from Kainga Reef, Australia and Isle of Man UK, and compared their morphologies. Unexpectedly, both ITS2 and rbcL showed that the crusts from Kainga Reef on the south coast of New South Wales, previously identified as Ralfsia verrucosa, were the crustose phase of Colpomenia bullosa. In addition, the crusts from Isle of Man were also not R. verrucosa but an undescribed species of...[Show more]
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