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Conspecificity of two morphologically distinct calcified red algae from the northwest Pacific Ocean: Galaxaura pacifica and G. filamentosa (Galaxauraceae, Rhodophyta)

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Background: Members of the calcified red algal genus, Galaxaura, are distributed predominantly in warm temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions worldwide. The capacity of these algae to form calcified thalli could play a critical role in the carbon cycle of these ecosystems. Previous studies have suggested that the reported species diversity of Galaxaura may be exaggerated due to a lack of knowledge regarding external morphological differences between gametophytic and tetrasporophytic plants (or among different life stages) of a single species.

Results: To examine this issue, this study collected specimens of two morphologically distinct Galaxaura from Taiwan and the Philippines. These specimens were initially identified as two species (G. pacifica Tanaka and G. filamentosa Chou ex Taylor) based on their morphological features. Our molecular analyses, however, unexpectedly showed that these two specimens shared 100% identical rbc L sequences, indicating that they represented a single species comprising two distinct external morphologies. Furthermore, our extensive observations and molecular analyses on several specimens from different locations in southern Taiwan has revealed that these morphological differences could be due to seasonal variation.

Conclusions: This study proposes that G. “filamentosa” from the Philippines could represent the remnants of the lower villous part of older gametophytic plants of G. pacifica after senescence of the upper smooth part of the thallus. As such we propose that these two previously distinct algal species from the northwest Pacific Ocean as a single species, G. pacifica. This study shows that the biodiversity of the calcified red algae Galaxaura could be overestimated without the assistance of molecular tools. Additionally, this study provides insights into the biodiversity and unique biology of the calcified red algae Galaxaura.

Electronic supplementary material: The online version of this article (doi:10.1186/1999-3110-54-1) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Developmental sequence of the male structure ofGalaxaura pacificaTanaka from Small Port, KNP, southern Taiwan.(A) Young spermatangial branch (spb) replaces one of the dichotomous vegetative cortical (co) branches bearing few primary spermatangial filaments (arrows); (B) Young primary spermatangial filaments further bearing several spermatangial filaments (arrows) at early stage of the spermatangial development; (C) Highly branched spermatangial filaments (arrows) produced from the spermatangial branch (spb) at a younger stage of spermatangial development; (D) Numerous spermatangial filaments (arrows) issued from spermatangial branch (spb) during spermatangial development; (E) Cross section of immature spermatangial conceptacle showing primary (arrows) and secondary (arrowheads) spermatangial filaments; (F) Cross section of mature spermatangial conceptacle showing primary (arrows) and secondary (arrowheads) spermatangial filaments, as well as the spermatangial mother cell (spm) terminally produced from the secondary spermatangial filaments; (G) Magnification of spermatangial mother cell (spm) terminally produced from the secondary spermatangial filaments.
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Fig10: Developmental sequence of the male structure ofGalaxaura pacificaTanaka from Small Port, KNP, southern Taiwan.(A) Young spermatangial branch (spb) replaces one of the dichotomous vegetative cortical (co) branches bearing few primary spermatangial filaments (arrows); (B) Young primary spermatangial filaments further bearing several spermatangial filaments (arrows) at early stage of the spermatangial development; (C) Highly branched spermatangial filaments (arrows) produced from the spermatangial branch (spb) at a younger stage of spermatangial development; (D) Numerous spermatangial filaments (arrows) issued from spermatangial branch (spb) during spermatangial development; (E) Cross section of immature spermatangial conceptacle showing primary (arrows) and secondary (arrowheads) spermatangial filaments; (F) Cross section of mature spermatangial conceptacle showing primary (arrows) and secondary (arrowheads) spermatangial filaments, as well as the spermatangial mother cell (spm) terminally produced from the secondary spermatangial filaments; (G) Magnification of spermatangial mother cell (spm) terminally produced from the secondary spermatangial filaments.

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Conspecificity of two morphologically distinct calcified red algae from the northwest Pacific Ocean: Galaxaura pacifica and G. filamentosa (Galaxauraceae, Rhodophyta)
Developmental sequence of the male structure ofGalaxaura pacificaTanaka from Small Port, KNP, southern Taiwan.(A) Young spermatangial branch (spb) replaces one of the dichotomous vegetative cortical (co) branches bearing few primary spermatangial filaments (arrows); (B) Young primary spermatangial filaments further bearing several spermatangial filaments (arrows) at early stage of the spermatangial development; (C) Highly branched spermatangial filaments (arrows) produced from the spermatangial branch (spb) at a younger stage of spermatangial development; (D) Numerous spermatangial filaments (arrows) issued from spermatangial branch (spb) during spermatangial development; (E) Cross section of immature spermatangial conceptacle showing primary (arrows) and secondary (arrowheads) spermatangial filaments; (F) Cross section of mature spermatangial conceptacle showing primary (arrows) and secondary (arrowheads) spermatangial filaments, as well as the spermatangial mother cell (spm) terminally produced from the secondary spermatangial filaments; (G) Magnification of spermatangial mother cell (spm) terminally produced from the secondary spermatangial filaments.
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Fig10: Developmental sequence of the male structure ofGalaxaura pacificaTanaka from Small Port, KNP, southern Taiwan.(A) Young spermatangial branch (spb) replaces one of the dichotomous vegetative cortical (co) branches bearing few primary spermatangial filaments (arrows); (B) Young primary spermatangial filaments further bearing several spermatangial filaments (arrows) at early stage of the spermatangial development; (C) Highly branched spermatangial filaments (arrows) produced from the spermatangial branch (spb) at a younger stage of spermatangial development; (D) Numerous spermatangial filaments (arrows) issued from spermatangial branch (spb) during spermatangial development; (E) Cross section of immature spermatangial conceptacle showing primary (arrows) and secondary (arrowheads) spermatangial filaments; (F) Cross section of mature spermatangial conceptacle showing primary (arrows) and secondary (arrowheads) spermatangial filaments, as well as the spermatangial mother cell (spm) terminally produced from the secondary spermatangial filaments; (G) Magnification of spermatangial mother cell (spm) terminally produced from the secondary spermatangial filaments.
Mentions: (FiguresĀ 5A-5N, 6A-6E, 7A-7C, 8A-8H, 9A-9E and 10A-10G).Figure 6

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ABSTRACT

Background: Members of the calcified red algal genus, Galaxaura, are distributed predominantly in warm temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions worldwide. The capacity of these algae to form calcified thalli could play a critical role in the carbon cycle of these ecosystems. Previous studies have suggested that the reported species diversity of Galaxaura may be exaggerated due to a lack of knowledge regarding external morphological differences between gametophytic and tetrasporophytic plants (or among different life stages) of a single species.

Results: To examine this issue, this study collected specimens of two morphologically distinct Galaxaura from Taiwan and the Philippines. These specimens were initially identified as two species (G. pacifica Tanaka and G. filamentosa Chou ex Taylor) based on their morphological features. Our molecular analyses, however, unexpectedly showed that these two specimens shared 100% identical rbc L sequences, indicating that they represented a single species comprising two distinct external morphologies. Furthermore, our extensive observations and molecular analyses on several specimens from different locations in southern Taiwan has revealed that these morphological differences could be due to seasonal variation.

Conclusions: This study proposes that G. “filamentosa” from the Philippines could represent the remnants of the lower villous part of older gametophytic plants of G. pacifica after senescence of the upper smooth part of the thallus. As such we propose that these two previously distinct algal species from the northwest Pacific Ocean as a single species, G. pacifica. This study shows that the biodiversity of the calcified red algae Galaxaura could be overestimated without the assistance of molecular tools. Additionally, this study provides insights into the biodiversity and unique biology of the calcified red algae Galaxaura.

Electronic supplementary material: The online version of this article (doi:10.1186/1999-3110-54-1) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus