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Diversity and distribution of seaweed at Khanom-Mu Ko Thale Tai National Park, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand

Author(s): Anchana Prathep* | Supattra Pongparadon | Anuchit Darakrai | Bongkot Wichachucherd | Sutinee Sinutok

Journal: Songklanakarin Journal of Science and Technology
ISSN 0125-3395

Volume: 33;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 633;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: seaweed | diversity | distribution | Khanom-Mu Ko Thale Tai National Park | Thailand

Diversity and distribution of seaweeds at Khanom-Mu Ko Thale Tai National Park, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province,Thailand were carried out between October 2005 and May 2008 at five islets, Ko Taen, Ko Mut Sum, Ko Rab, Ko Wang Nai,and Ko Wang Nok. A total of 60 species were identified including 23 species of Chlorophyta, 19 species of Phaeophyceae inthe Chromophyta, 16 species of Rhodophyta, and 2 species of Cyanobacteria. Of these, eight species are believed to be newrecords for the Thai marine flora. The number of species varied from site to site. Ko Tan had the highest diversity with 49species and KoWang Nok had the lowest diversity with 22 species. This study provides a more complete species list forfurther comparative studies between the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. We have intensively reviewed the seaweedliterature of Thailand, which was very limited. However, recent work on population and community structure have increasedfrom 2005, which helps providing a baseline for future, more complex ecological studies, as well as for coastal managementand for the exploration of the seaweed’s economic potential.
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