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Biological Invasions

, 8:1399 | Cite as

First Record of Undaria Pinnatifida (Laminariales, Phaeophyta) in Southern Patagonia, Argentina

  • Juan Pablo Martin
  • Juan Martín Cuevas
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Abstract

The Japanese kelp Undaria pinnatifida was found on 7th September 2005 in Ría Deseado (Santa Cruz, Argentina). This invasive algae was registered from the lower intertidal to the upper levels of the subtidal zone. The sporophytes were fixed to slabs, gravel and rocks of variable sizes and were also present as epibionts of tunicates. The sporophytes total length ranged between 3 and 88 cm, with a mean of 28.75 cm in the intertidal and 38.3 cm in the subtidal. The density and biomass increased from the intertidal to the subtidal. The kelp population showed a higher number of small immature individuals in the intertidal than␣subtidal where the organisms were bigger and with more individual biomass. This first record of U. pinnatifida in Southern Patagonia extends its southern distribution limit in Argentina, showing progressive expansion in the southwestern Atlantic. More surveys must be conducted to understand the evolution of U. pinnatifida invasion and its impact on the native benthic community.

Key words

Argentina invasive species Japanese kelp Southern Patagonia Undaria pinnatifida 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de Investigaciones de Puerto DeseadoUniversidad Nacional de la Patagonia AustralPuerto Deseado, Santa CruzArgentina

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