A revised checklist of marine algae and seagrasses of Martinique, French West Indies
Delnatte, César; Wynne, Michael J.
As a result of an increase in our knowledge thanks to recent collecting efforts as well as reflecting taxonomic and nomenclatural advances, this revision of the benthic marine plants of Martinique (French West Indies) complements the previous checklist dating from 1999. The present list totals 343 taxa of benthic macroalgae, comprised of 186 taxa of Rhodophyta, 106 taxa of Chlorophyta, and 51 taxa of Phaeophyceae (Ochrophyta), along with 7 marine phanerogams (seagrasses). This tally includes 29 new records of Rhodophyceae, 23 new records of Chlorophyceae, and 11 new records of Phaeophyceae. These results account for an increase of 18.3% in the number of species for the known marine algal flora for Martinique.