Leptolyngbya species from selected seep walls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Johansen, Jeffery R.; Olsen, Catherine E.; Lowe, Rex L.; Fučíková, Karolina; Casamatta, Dale A.
The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) began in 1997 with the goal of inventorying and providing a database of information for every species located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). In this study, algal samples were collected from three wet rock seeps within GSMNP. Seven Leptolyngbya (Oscillatoriales, Cyanobacteria) species were identified from the three sites. Two species are new to science (L. appalachiana, L. badia), two are reported as new records to the park (L. angustissima, L. subtilissima), and three others do not fit any previously circumscribed taxa, but we currently do not have molecular data on these morphospecies and thus postpone description as new taxa.