Reproductive phenology of three species of Gelidiales (Rhodophyta) in two macroalgal communities from Tenerife (Atlantic Ocean, Canary Islands, Spain)


  • Milena Polifrone Departamento de Biología, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • María Candelaria Gil-Rodríguez Departamento de Biología Vegetal (Botánica), Universidad de La Laguna
  • Susana Domínguez Alvárez Departamento de Biología Vegetal (Botánica), Universidad de La Laguna
  • Mascha Stroobant Departamento de Biología, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • María Ascensión Viera-Rodríguez Departamento de Biología, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria



sex ratio, thallus size, branching order, reproduction, Gelidiales


The reproductive phenology of three species of Gelidiales, Gelidium canariense, Gelidium arbuscula and Pterocladiella capillacea, was analysed seasonally for a period of one year in two localities on the West coast of Tenerife (Atlantic Ocean, Canary Islands, Spain). Considerations are provided on sex ratio, maximum length and branch order of uprights and on the length of the thalli for each sexual and asexual phase of the Canary Islands populations. The three species were characterized by a high percentage of tetrasporophytes, while female and male gametophytes have been observed only in little proportion. Only G. canariense showed gametophytes in all seasons while the occurrence of gametophytes in G. arbuscula and Pterocladiella capillacea demonstrated a clear seasonality.


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Polifrone, M., Gil-Rodríguez, M. C., Domínguez Alvárez, S., Stroobant, M., & Viera-Rodríguez, M. A. (2012). Reproductive phenology of three species of Gelidiales (Rhodophyta) in two macroalgal communities from Tenerife (Atlantic Ocean, Canary Islands, Spain). Anales Del Jardín Botánico De Madrid, 69(2), 247–252.