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《Oceanologia et Limnologia Sinica》 2016-01
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THE NOMENCLATURE OF THE “ALGAE” NAME OF SEAGRASSES IN CHINA

HUANG Xiao-Ping;JIANG Zhi-Jian;FAN Hang-Qing;CHEN Xiao-Yong;ZHOU Yi;ZHANG Jing-Ping;LI Wen-Tao;ZHANG Pei-Dong;ZHENG Feng-Ying;HAN Qiu-Ying;QIU Guang-Long;FANG Ching-Wai;LIN Hsing-Juh;SUN Tao;YU Shuo;LIU Song-Lin;WU Yun-Chao;ZHANG Xiao-Mei;ZHAO Peng;LIN Hai-Ying;Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio—resources and Ecology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences;Guangxi Key Lab of Mangrove Conservation and Utilization,Guangxi Mangrove Research Centre;School of Ecological and Environmental Sciences, East China Normal University;Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences;Fisheries College, Ocean University of China;Marine College, Shandong University at Weihai;Key Laboratory of Coastal Zone Environmental Processes and Ecological Remediation, Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences;Department of Biology and Chemistry, The City University of Hong Kong;Environmental Resource Management Company of Hong Kong;Department of Life Sciences, National Chung Hsing University;School of Environment, Beijing Normal University;University of Chinese Academy of Sciences;National Marine Data and Information Service;  
Seagrasses are epigeal angiosperms, whose flower, fructify and germinate are completely under the seawater. Seagrasses evolved from land plants, and adapted to marine environments. However, seagrasses, belonging to higher plants, are often taxonomically named as "algae" in China. There are 22 species of seagrasses belonging to 4 families and 10 genera in China, with the name of 16 species, 7 genera and 3 families as "algae" in their Chinese scientific name. Thus, people may confuse seagrasses and algae/ seaweeds, resulting in negative impacts on seagrass research, protection, and utilization. On the occasion of "The 11 th International Seagrass Biology Workshop" held in China for the first time, the domestic experts of seagrass research discussed this issue. In order to promote the research and conservation of seagrasses, all the experts reach a consensus on unifying the Chinese scientific name of seagrass as "grass" instead of "algae". In addition, with intensive investigation of seagrass species and distribution in China in future, the newly discovered seagrass species should also be unified as the Chinese scientific name of "grass".
【Fund】: 国家自然科学基金项目 41306108号 41406128号;; 广东省自然科学基金项目 S2013040013155号 2014A030313734号 2014A030313716号;; 国家科技部基础性工作专项项目 2015FY110600号;; 国家海洋局公益性行业科研专门项目 201305030号;; 中国科学院知识创新工程青年人才领域前沿项目 SQ201307号 SQ201219号
【CateGory Index】: S917.3
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