Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 905–913 | Cite as

Variation of the photosynthetic activity and pigment composition in two morphotypes of Durvillaea antarctica (Phaeophyceae) in the sub-Antarctic ecoregion of Magallanes, Chile

  • F. MéndezEmail author
  • J. Marambio
  • J. Ojeda
  • S. Rosenfeld
  • J. P. Rodríguez
  • F. Tala
  • A. Mansilla


The environment of the sub-Antarctic ecoregion of Magallanes is highly heterogenous due to the influence of three oceans (Pacific, Atlantic, and Southern) and the effects of postglacial events such as the Last Glacial Maximum. In the sub-Antarctic ecoregion of Magallanes, the presence of two morphotypes of Durvillaea antarctica has recently been recorded that are related to the specific hydrodynamic configuration of the sites in the region. This study investigates the photosynthetic activity and pigment composition during two periods of the year in these two morphotypes of D. antarctica. One of them has broad and laminar fronds and occurs in wave-protected environments, while the other morphotype is characterized by cylindrical and elongated fronds and inhabits wave-exposed environments. The adult specimens of the “elongated-cylindrical” morphotype were collected in Seno Otway (53.1° S, 71.5° W) and the specimens of the “laminar” morphotype in Bahía el Águila, San Isidro (53.7° S, 70.9° W). ETRmax, α, and Ek as parameters of the ETR-E curves were higher for the “laminar” than the “elongated-cylindrical” morphotype, resulting in significant values. The concentration of fucoxanthin was statistically higher for the morphotype “laminar” compared to the morphotype “elongated-cylindrical.” Both morphotypes exhibited different photosynthetic activities, perhaps attributed to their morphology, floatation capacity, and environment.


Durvillaea antarctica Phaeophyceae Morphology Photosynthesis Pigments Sub-Antarctic Ecophysiology 



Project FONDECYT 1131023 to FT and AM (long-distance dispersal of macroalgae at high latitudes-floating kelp rafts capacity of nature under conditions along latitudinal), 1140940-AM (macroalgal adaptive radiation: potential links to the diversity of ecological niches in the Magellan and Antarctic ecoregion) and 1180433-AM (genomic, physiological, and ecological approaches to examine Antarctic and sub-Antarctic macroalgal responses to climate change and glacial retreat) of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research of Chile (CONICYT). We are also grateful for the scholarships awarded by the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) to Fabio Méndez (ICM P05-002) and Juan Pablo Rodríguez (ICM P05-002). The facilities and equipment used for this study were kindly provided by the Laboratorio de Macroalgas Antárticas y Subantárticas (LMAS) and the Instituto de la Patagonia of the Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG) in Punta Arenas, Chile.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratorio de Macroalgas Antárticas y Subantárticas (LMAS), Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de MagallanesPunta ArenasChile
  2. 2.Instituto de Ecología y Biodiversidad (IEB)SantiagoChile
  3. 3.Programa de Magister en Ciencias mención Manejo y Conservación de Recursos Naturales en Ambientes SubantárticosUniversidad de MagallanesPunta ArenasChile
  4. 4.Departamento de Biología Marina, Facultad de Ciencias del MarUniversidad Católica del NorteCoquimboChile
  5. 5.Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico en Algas (CIDTA), Facultad de Ciencias del MarUniversidad Católica del NorteCoquimboChile

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