A Search for a Single DNA Barcode for Seagrasses of the World

  • Barnabas H. DaruEmail author
  • Kowiyou Yessoufou


It has recently been predicted that 91 % of marine species diversity is still unknown. Given that the future of marine habitats is threatened by anthropogenic activities and climate change, there is a pressing need to accelerate the documentation of marine biodiversity. The traditional morphological biodiversity screening could be aided by molecular approach such as DNA barcoding. In this study, we search for single DNA marker that could be used as DNA barcode for all seagrasses, irrespective of the lineages and the geographical locations. We found that the nuclear phyB followed by the plastid matK emerged as the best candidates. Although both markers have their own strengths and limitations, we suggest they could be prioritised in seagrass biodiversity assessment pending future improvements.


DNA barcoding phyB matK Marine biodiversity Cymodoceaceae Ruppiaceae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental ScienceUniversity of South AfricaFloridaSouth Africa

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