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Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker

Classification:
Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Tracheophyta
Subphylum Euphyllophytina
Infraphylum Spermatophytae
Superclass Angiospermae
Class Monocots
Subclass Alismatidae
Order Alismatales
Family Hydrocharitaceae
Genus Halophila

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Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker
Cape Peron, Western Australia. J.M. Huisman. © J.M. Huisman.

Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker
Reef flat at Sanur, Bali, Indonesia. 10 Nov 2015. Fernando Boisset. © Fernando Boisset (Fernando.Boisset@uv.es).

Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker
Reef flat at Sanur, Bali, Indonesia. 10 Nov 2015. Fernando Boisset. © Fernando Boisset (Fernando.Boisset@uv.es).

Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker
Reef flat at Sanur, Bali, Indonesia. 10 Nov 2015. Fernando Boisset. © Fernando Boisset (Fernando.Boisset@uv.es).

Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker
Palau Islands, West Pacific. Hideo Ohba. © Palau International Coral Reef Center.

Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker
Palau Islands, West Pacific. Hideo Ohba. © Palau International Coral Reef Center.

Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker
Palau Islands, West Pacific. Steven Victor. © Palau International Coral Reef Center.

Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker
Palau Islands, West Pacific, 1 m deep. 07 Dec 2004. Hideo Ohba. © Palau International Coral Reef Center.

Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker
Lord Howe Island, Australia. M.D. Guiry. © Michael Guiry (mike.guiry@nuigalway.ie).

Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker
with Zostera capricorneta with Aplysia , Lord Howe Island, Australia. M.D. Guiry. © Michael Guiry (mike.guiry@nuigalway.ie).

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Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker Reef flat at Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
© Fernando Boisset (Fernando.Boisset@uv.es)

Publication details
Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker 1858: 45

Published in: Hooker, J.D. (1858). The botany of the Antarctic voyage of H.M. Discovery ships Erebus and Terror in the years 1839-1843. III. Flora Tasmaniae. Vol. 2. (Monocotyledones). . London: Lovell Reeve.

Type species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Halophila is Halophila madagascarensis Doty & B.C.Stone.

Status of name
This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Basionym
Caulinia ovalis R.Brown

Type information
Type locality: Queensland, Australia (Robertson 1984: 64). Type: R. Brown 5816; BM (Robertson 1984: 64). Notes: (see Dandy 1971).

Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), oval, elliptical, i.e., broadest at the middle, the sides curved and length:breadth generally 2:1 (Stearn 1973).

Homotypic Synonym(s)
Caulinia ovalis R.Brown 1810

Heterotypic Synonym(s)
Halophila madagascarensis Doty & B.C.Stone 1967

Habitat notes
1 m depth (Lipkin & Silva 2002). Tropical and warm temperate waters; 5 m deep on sand; 1.5 m deep; 2-3 m deep; in pools on reef; estuaries (Robertson 1984). - (24 Jun 2010) - Wendy Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

Common names

(as Halophila ovalis (R.Brown) J.D.Hooker)
Arabic: A'shab bahriya (F.A.O. 1997).

English: Oval leaf seagrass (F.A.O. 1997).

Detailed distribution with sources (Click to Load)

Key references
Fortes, M.D. (2014). A review: biodiversity, distribution and conservation of Philippine seagrasses. Philippine Journal of Science, Special Issue 142: 95-111.

Hartog, C. den (1970). The sea-grasses of the world. Verhandelingen der Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Afdeling Natuurkunde, Tweede Reeks 59(1): [1-]6-275, 63 figs, 31 plates.

Holmer, M., Pedersen, O. & Ikejima, K. (2006). Sulfur cycling and sulfide intrusion in mixed Southeast Asian tropical meadows. Botanica Marina 49: 91-102.

Nguyen, V.X., Detcharoen, M., Tuntiprapas, P., Soe-Htun, U., Sidik, J.B., Harah, M.Z., Prathep, A. & Papenbrock, J. (2014). Genetic species identification and population structure of Halophila (Hydrocharitaceae) from the Western Pacific to the Eastern Indian Ocean. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: [1-18].

Nguyen, V.X., Detcharoen, M., Tuntiprapas, P., Soe-Htun, U., Sidik, J.B., Harah, M.Z., Prathep, A. & Papenbrock, J. (2014). Genetic species identification and population structure of Halophila (Hydrocharitaceae) from the Western Pacific to the Eastern Indian Ocean. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: [1-18].

Robertson, E.L. (1984). Seagrasses. In: The marine benthic flora of Southern Australia. Part 1. (Womersley, H.B.S. Eds), pp. 57-122. Adelaide: D.J. Woolman, Government Printer, South Australia.

Uchimura, M., Faye, E.J., Shimada, S., Arai, S., Inoue, T. & Nakamura, Y. (2006). A re-evaluation of the taxonomic status of Halophila euphlebia Makino (Hydrocharitaceae) based on morphological features and ITS sequence data. Botanica Marina 49: 111-121.

Uchimura, M., Faye, E.J., Shimada, S., Inoue, T. & Nakamura, Y. (2008). A reassessment of Halophila species (Hydrocharitaceae) diversity with special reference to Japanese representatives. Botanica Marina 51(4): 258-268.

Created: 03 December 1999 by M.D. Guiry

Verified by: 01 October 2015 by M.D. Guiry

Accesses: This record has been accessed by users 4787 times since it was created.

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References
(Please note: only references with the binomials in the title are included. The information is from the Literature database.)

Kuo, J. & Kirkman, H. (1992). Fruits, seeds and germination in the seagrass Halophila ovalis (Hydrocharitaceae). Botanica Marina 35: 197-204, 19 figs, 1 table.
Phandee, S. & Buapet, P. (2018). Photosynthetic and antioxidant responses of the tropical intertidal seagrasses Halophila ovalis and Thalassia hemprichii to moderate and high irradiances. Botanica Marina 61(3): 247-256.
Ralph, P.J. (1999). Light-induced photoinhibitory stress responses of laboratory-cultured Halophila ovalis. Botanica Marina 42: 11-22, 4 figs, 1 table.
Wuthirak, T., Kongnual, R. & Buapet, P. (2017). Desiccation tolerance and underlying mechanisms for the recovery of the photosynthetic efficiency in the tropical intertidal seagrasses Halophila ovalis and Thalasia hemprichii. Botanica Marina 59(5): 387-396.

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