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Lichen and moss communities of Botany Bay, Granite Harbour, Ross Sea, Antarctica

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 August 2010

Rodney D. Seppelt*
Australian Antarctic Division, Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS 7050, Australia
Roman Türk
Universität Salzburg, Fachbereich Organismische Biologie, Hellbrunnerstrasse 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
T.G. Allan Green
Biological Sciences, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand
Gerald Moser
Australian Antarctic Division, Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS 7050, Australia
Stefan Pannewitz
Botanisches Institut, Universität Kiel, D-24098 Kiel, Germany, and Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, University of Kiel, Olshausenstrasse 62, D-24098 Kiel, Germany
Leo G. Sancho
Dpto. Biología Vegetal II, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Burkhard Schroeter
Botanisches Institut, Universität Kiel, D-24098 Kiel, Germany, and Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, University of Kiel, Olshausenstrasse 62, D-24098 Kiel, Germany


Botany Bay is one of the richest sites for lichen and bryophyte biodiversity in continental Antarctica. A total of 29 lichen, nine moss and one liverwort species have been identified. The most extensive vegetation occurs on a sheltered raised beach terrace. Vegetation associations are described and compared to other continental Antarctic localities that also possess a rich vegetation cover. Ordination analysis clearly indicates the importance of the type of water supply, its regularity, the substrate type, and particularly in Botany Bay, the influence of nutrients derived from the local bird population in governing plant distribution and associations. A vegetation map has been produced and can be used as a baseline to assess vegetation changes over time.

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