BDBSA Project Metadata Detail

Survey/Project Number: 715          Total No. of Sites: 532
Survey/Project Name: ABRS/CReefs Red Algal Systematics 09-12
Abstract: This project began in 2009 and had 2 aims: 1) Commence preparation of an Algae of Australia book on the red macroalgae of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) by providing authoritative taxonomic treatments for six families (the most taxonomically abundant red macroalgal groups in the Great Barrier Reef based on recent expeditions, i.e. CReefs): the Acrosymphytaceae, Nemastomataceae, Schyzymeniaceae, Dumontiaceae, Ceramiaceae and Rhodomelaceae (~ 150 species). Comparisons will be made between QLD and South Australian red algal taxa to improve the taxonomic knowledge of local marine flora. 2) DNA barcode of all red algal species from CReefs to assist the taxonomical treatments of the groups listed above plus the remaining families of Rhodophyta. This will provide essential support to this project by helping solving taxonomical problems and considerably speeding up this and future morphological treatments which are a slower, more time-consuming process.
 
Start Date: 15/08/2009      End Date: 31/07/2012
Survey Type: Other
   
Study Area Description: QLD: Lizard Island and Heron Island; WA: Ningaloo Reef; SA: Sir Joseph Banks, AW NRM, AMLR NRM, SE NRM, KI NRM, NYP NRM.
Objectives
         Vegetation: This project had 2 aims: 1) Commence preparation of an Algae of Australia book on the red macroalgae of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) by providing authoritative taxonomic treatments for six families (the most taxonomically abundant red macroalgal groups in the GBR based on recent expeditions, i.e. CReefs): the Acrosymphytaceae, Nemastomataceae, Schyzymeniaceae, Dumontiaceae, Ceramiaceae and Rhodomelaceae (~ 150 species). Comparisons will be made between QLD and South Australian red algal taxa to improve the taxonomic knowledge of local marine flora. 2) DNA barcode of all red algal species from CReefs to assist the taxonomical treatments of the groups listed above plus the remaining families of Rhodophyta. This will provide essential support to this project by helping solving taxonomical problems and considerably speeding up this and future morphological treatments which are a slower, more time-consuming process.
         Fauna: *** No fauna survey objectives recorded
Methodology
         Vegetation: see Project Description
         Fauna: *** No vertebrate methodology recorded

Data Distribution Rules: Public
Project Basis: Vegetation : Unclassified - pending reassessment.
Information Authority: Department for Environment and Heritage (BDBSA:S&C Div) - State Herbarium