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The heterokont benthic multicellular algae Schizocladia ischiensis E.C. Henry, K. Okuda et H. Kawai (Schizocladiophyceae), Hecatonema terminale (Kützing) Kylin and Striaria attenuata (Greville) Greville (Phaeophyceae) are reported for the first time from the waters around the Maltese islands in the central Mediterranean. They were identified through algal isolation from incubated natural substrata, coupled with DNA barcoding targeting the biomarkers COI and rbcL plus the RuBisCO spacer. For three additional brown algae, Colpomenia sinuosa (Mertens ex Roth) Derbès et Solier, Asperococcus bullosus J.V.Lamouroux and Sphacelaria sp., DNA sequences confirmed previous morphology-based records from Malta. This paper also provides an updated literature-based species list of the marine macroalgae present in Malta.


DNA Barcoding germling emergence macroalgae Malta Mediterranean Sea Phaeophyceae Schizocladiophyceae.

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Bartolo, A. G., Zammit, G., Russell, H., Peters, A. F., & Küpper , F. C. (2021). DNA barcoding of marine algae from Malta: new records from the central Mediterranean. Acta Botanica Croatica, 80(2), 176–183.