Scientia Marina, Vol 69, No 3 (2005)

First report of a species of Prasiola (Chlorophyta: Prasiolacea) from the Mediterranean Sea (Lagoon of Venice)

Chiara Motti
SELC pscarl., Italy

Daniele Curiel
SELC pscarl., Italy

Andrea Rismondo
SELC pscarl., Italy

Giorgio Bellemo
SELC pscarl., Italy

Chiara Dri
SELC pscarl., Italy

Emiliano Checchin
SELC pscarl., Italy

Mara Marzocchi
Dipartimento di Biologia, Università di Padova, Italy


A green alga belonging to the genus Prasiola, known from terrestrial, marine and freshwater habitats of polar and cold-temperate regions, is recorded for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea. In 2002, during a survey on soft substrata in the Lagoon of Venice (Italy), specimens referable to this genus were found in several areas. The morphological features of thalli are described and their occurrence in the Lagoon of Venice is discussed. Data on associated algal vegetation are also presented.


green algae; Lagoon of Venice; Mediterranean Sea; Prasiola; phytobenthos

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