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First record of two seaweeds from the Israeli Mediterranean: Galaxaura rugosa (J. Ellis and Solander) J. V. Lamouroux (Rhodophyta) and Codium adhaerens C. Agardh (Chlorophyta)

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Two marine macroalgae have recently been identified using drift algal material collected in the Haifa Bay area, Israel. The first is the red seaweed Galaxaura rugosa, first seen south of Haifa Bay during November 2003 and observed thereafter both within seaweeds washed ashore and at 2-4 m deep within the subtidal zone. Galaxaura rugosa was previously described in the Lebanese coasts; therefore its distribution within the Israeli Mediterranean is expected to be far more extensive. The second is the green seaweed Codium adhaerens, which was collected along the northern shores of Haifa Bay during September-October 2007.

Affiliations: 1: The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University ; 2: National Institute of Oceanography, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research ; 3: Department of Plant Sciences, Tel Aviv University


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