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Among the seagrass genera, the
section is known as the most complex taxonomic challenges. Comparison of
morphological traits is the key method in describing and naming species within the field of taxonomy. However, the wide
morphological plasticity causes misidentification of species due to overlapping of morphological characteristics. Genetic markers
and/or DNA fingerprinting may be an advantaged tool to resolve at species level. In Viet Nam, seagrass species identification of
has not been fully resolved. Hence, this led to the hypothesis that phylogenetic analysis on the molecular level may
resolve taxonomic classification. The aim of this study is to re-assess the status of the species composition in the
Sequences of genetic markers including plastidic
and nuclear ITS were analyzed to reveal the genetic relation within
the genus. Results indicated that putative
was identified as
; the species
was clearly relocated and
recorded as a new species in Viet Nam.
Nguyen is Ph.D. student at Institute of Botany, Leibniz University, Germany. He is team leader of Department of Marine Botany, Institute of
Oceanography, Viet Nam. He has published more than 10 papers marine botany.
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