, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 185-190

Deep-water benthic algae of the Florida Middle Ground

Rent the article at a discount

Rent now

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


The composition and seasonality of the benthic algae of the Florida Middle Ground, an offshore area of extensive reef outcroppings, 25 to 60 m deep in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, are described. Collections and observations were made by SCUBA diving during June, July, and September, 1971, and January 1972. Ninety-one algal species (92 taxa) were obtained, including 6 species newly reported for Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The flora is predominantly tropical, with Caribbean affinities. Marked seasonal differences in species diversity and abundance were present. An extensive or well-anchored holdfast system was a common feature of those species which appeared to be perennial.

Contribution No. 85 from the Botanical Laboratories, University of South Florida, USA.
Communicated by J. Bunt, Miami