Checklist of Benthic Marine Macroalgae in Western Algeria

Abstract

A. Mansouri, A. Baaloudj, F. Toumi, M.A. Bouzidi, A. Kerfouf

Generally, the benthic aquatic macroalgae is not well-known in the west coast of Algeria. In this study, a revised checklist of macroalgae of algerian west coast with an updated nomenclature and taxonomy has been update. Using currently accepted names, 22 species and infraspecific taxa of macroalgae have been identified , including Chlorophyta (3orders / 4 families / 6 genera / 8 species), Ochrophyta (4 orders/ 4 families / 5 genera / 5 species), and Rhodophyta (7 orders / 7 families / genera / 7 species). The algal diversity of the algerian west coast within the Arzew Gulf is less than that within the Gulf of Oran. The Rhodophyceae occupy the most important average coverage (47.80%), followed by Chlorophyceae (33.06%) and Pheophyceae (19.14%). Given that this is the first inclusive checklist of macroalgae of west coast, it could serve as a foundation for future phycological and biogeographical studies of the taxa in the country and the region.

Keywords: Benthic macroalgae, Checklist, Chlorophyta, Ochrophyta, Rhodophyta, Algerian west coastal. 
 

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