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Seaweeds and seagrasses of the southern Andaman Sea coast of Thailand

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  • Eric Coppejans
  • Anchana Prathep
  • Khanjanapaj Lewmanomont
  • Ken-ichi Hayashizaki
  • Olivier De Clerck
  • Frederik Leliaert
  • Ryuta Terada
The marine algal flora of the Southern Andaman Sea is the second contribution to Thailand algal flora following the Seaweeds of Mu Ko Tha Lae Tai (SE Thailand): Methodologies and field guide to the dominant species. As in the first field guide, this book is in collaboration with Ghent Phycology Research Group, Ghent University and Seaweed and Seagrass Research Unit, Prince of Songkla University, a well-respected senior algae taxonomist, Professor Khanjanapaj Lewmanomont and the Phycology Laboratory, Kagoshima University and Kitasato University of Japan. This field guide provides a comprehensive account of the seaweeds and seagrasses from the Southern Andaman Sea coast covering the provinces of Krabi, Trang and Satun. It also includes a description of the area studied; geography, geology and ecology are discussed, the organization of the field work is described and the seaweed biodiversity is analyzed. Another chapter highlights the characters of and differences between seaweeds and seagrasses. The seagrass diversity of the Southern Andaman Sea is the highest in Thailand and seagrass beds are well-developed along this coast. The main part of the field guide consists of the description and photographic illustration of most of the observed seaweed and seagrass species of the area studied. A total of 124 taxa of seaweeds including 13 new records for Thailand and 5 new species to science, as well as 11 species of seagrasses are reported. This represents a relatively high diversity of seaweeds and seagrasses in Thailand, indicating the botanical importance of the Southern Andaman Sea. This checklist also represents an important contribution to the overall inventory of seaweeds and seagrasses in the Indian Ocean region and will result in a better understanding of the geographical distribution of seaweeds and seagrasses in Southeast Asia.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKagoshima
PublisherKagoshima University Museum
Number of pages245
ISBN (Print)978-4-905464-09-9
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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