Using Molecular-Assisted Alpha Taxonomy to Better Understand Red Algal Biodiversity in Bermuda

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Diversity, ISSN: 1424-2818, Vol: 2, Issue: 6, Page: 946-958

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Elisabeth N. Cianciola; Thea R. Popolizio; Craig W. Schneider; Christopher E. Lane
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Biological Sciences; Earth Sciences; Environmental Sciences
Environmental Science; Agricultural and Biological Sciences; Bermuda; red algal; biodiversity
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Molecular-assisted alpha taxonomy has recently become an effective practice in reassessing biodiversity and floristics for a variety of different organisms. This paper presents a series of examples that have been drawn from biodiversity work being carried out on the marine red algae of Bermuda. Molecular sequencing of DNA from Bermuda samples has already begun to greatly alter the makeup of the flora as it was known just decades ago, and will help set a new database for future comparison as climate change affects species composition in the islands.