Algae. 2007; 22(3): 153-157.
New Records of Marine Rhodophyta from the Pacific Coast of Mexico
Raúl Aguilar-Rosas1*, Luis E. Aguilar-Rosas2, Luz Elena Mateo-Cid3 and Catalina Mendoza-González3
1Facultad de Ciencias Marinas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, km 107 Carretera Tijuana Ensenada, Ensenada, Baja California. C.P. 22830, México 2Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanológicas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, km 107 Carretera Tijuana Ensenada, Ensenada, Baja California. C.P. 22830, México 3Departamento de Botánica, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Prolongación Carpio y Plan de Ayala, D.F. 11340, México
Two species of marine red algae, Jania ungulata (Yendo) Yendo f. brevior (Yendo) Yendo and Peyssonnelia japonica (Segawa) Yoneshigue (Rhodophyta) were collected for the first time from Mexican Pacific coast. Their vegetative and reproductive structures are described, as well as the habitat where they were found and their geographical distribution along the Pacific coasts of Mexico. Jania ungulata f. brevior is a commonly growing epiphytic and Peyssonnelia japonica is epiphyte. The fact that we found this new records in Mexican coast is noteworthy, due that this species are originally described in Japanese coast. The absence of records of this species in the Mexican coast is likely related in part to the lack of specific collections and the fact that the specimens are small and delicate, and may commonly be unnoticed during samplings.
Jania ungulata f. brevior, Pacific Mexico, Peyssonnelia japonica, Rhodophyta