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Bryological and Lichenological Section/ABLS

d'Artenay, Tamrya D. [1], Mishler, Brent D. [2].

Studies on the Moss Flora of Moorea, French Polynesia.

Moorea is a member of the Society Islands Archipelago in French Polynesia and home of the UC Berkeley Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station and France’s Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoires de l’Environnenent (CRIOBE). It is also the present site of the Moorea Biocode Project aimed at organizing a library of genetic markers that identify every species present on this island. Before such work on the island can take place, a complete list of taxa must be made. A comprehensive moss survey for this island has not been conducted since de Sloover (1994). The present survey reports 749 recent collections made by Dennis Wall, Brent Mishler, Dan Norris, and Tamrya d’Artenay. 16 new records for this island were found, bringing the current flora to 93 species. Using GIS software, maps showing the locations of collections were produced and are presented along with a brief description of ecology and localities, as well as a student-oriented key to species occurring on Moorea. Along with the species information, comparisons with other tropical island and mainland moss flora were made. Assessment of family, genus and species level diversity from Indochina, Sulawesi, the Philippines, the Hawaiian Islands, and Bolivia are made and conclusion drawn about bryogeography of tropical islands.


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1 - Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Plant Biology, 420 Life Science 2, Southern Illinois University , Carbondale, IL, 62901, USA
2 - University of California, Berkeley, Department of Integrative Biology, 1001 Valley Life Sciences Bldg. #2465, Berkeley, California, 94720-2465, USA

Keywords:
Moorea Biocode
island biology
flora analysis.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for BSA Sections
Session: 10
Location: Magpie B/Cliff Lodge - Level B
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2009
Time: 9:30 AM
Number: 10003
Abstract ID:729


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