New red seaweed species confirmed

A new species of Platona.
Image: John Huisman.


Monday 16 November 2009
A beautiful red seaweed found during last year's Heron Island CReefs expedition is in fact a new species.
Discovered by Murdoch University and Western Australia Herbarium macroalgae expert John Huisman, and University of Adelaide Research Fellow Fred Gurgel, it has been confirmed as a species of Platoma.
After leaving the island last September, John and Fred made the positive identification. The seaweed has only been found in the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
The pair has since collected further samples of the species and will include it in a field guide to seaweeds of the Great Barrier Reef, which they are currently writing and hope to complete next year.