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First Records of the Seagrass Parasite Plasmodiophora diplantherae from the Northcentral Gulf of Mexico

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Short Communication


Plasmodiophora diplantherae is known to occur throughout the pantropical distribution of its host, the seagrass genus Halodule. However, records in the subtropical region are limited to Tampa Bay, FL where it was detected once during an examination of herbar-ium specimens of H. beaudettei collected in December 1951 (den Hartog 1965) and to Fort Pierce, FL where it was collected once infecting H. wrightii (Braselton and Short 1985). This communication represents the first report of this parasite from Mississippi and Louisiana in the northcentral Gulf of Mexico (GOM).

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