An annotated list of marine Chlorophyta from the Caribbean coast of the Republic of Panama
Wysor, Brian; Kooistra, Wiebe H.C.F.
An updated species list has been compiled for the green algae of the Caribbean coast of the Republic of Panama based on available literature and our own collections. Of the 277 specimens of green algae reported herein, 41 taxa (31 species, 10 subspecies, varieties or forms) represent new records for Caribbean Panama. These discoveries and others from the literature bring the total number of green algae known for this region to 79 species and 16 sub-specific entities, an increase in known green algal diversity of 179% from the last published account. The green algal flora of Caribbean Panama is as rich as neighboring floras, but earlier reports had suggested it was impoverished. Earlier surveys probably underestimated diversity due to limited time spent in the field and limited coverage of various coastal habitats.