Description of plant communities on Half Moon Island, Antarctica

  • Daniela Schmitz Departamento de Biologia Vegetal, Laboratório de Ecologia Evolutiva de Plantas, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3162-2430
  • Jair Putzke Núcleo de Estudos da Vegetação Antártica, Universidade Federal do Pampa, São Gabriel, Brazil
  • Margéli Pereira de Albuquerque Núcleo de Estudos da Vegetação Antártica, Universidade Federal do Pampa, São Gabriel, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8945-5030
  • Adriano Luis Schünemann Núcleo de Estudos da Vegetação Antártica, Universidade Federal do Pampa, São Gabriel, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7227-7074
  • Frederico Costa Beber Vieira Núcleo de Estudos da Vegetação Antártica, Universidade Federal do Pampa, São Gabriel, Brazil
  • Filipe de Carvalho Victoria de Carvalho Victoria Núcleo de Estudos da Vegetação Antártica, Universidade Federal do Pampa, São Gabriel, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8580-1813
  • Antônio Batista Pereira Núcleo de Estudos da Vegetação Antártica, Universidade Federal do Pampa, São Gabriel, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0368-4594
Keywords: Phytosociology, Antarctic plant distribution, bryophytes, lichens, plant community mapping

Abstract

During February–March of the austral summers of 2013/14 and 2014/2015, fieldwork was performed on Half Moon Island, South Shetland Archipelago, Antarctica, to evaluate the distribution and abundance of mosses and lichens, as well as to describe and map the plant communities there. The quadrat (20 × 20 cm) sampling method was employed in a phytosociological study that aimed to describe these communities. The area was mapped using an Astech Promark II® DGPS, yielding sub-metric precision after post-processing with software. The number of species totalled 38 bryophytes, 59 lichens, only one flowering plant (Deschampsia antarctica Desv.), and two macroscopic terrestrial algae. Five types of plant communities were identified on the island, as follows: (1) fruticose lichen and moss cushion, (2) moss carpet, (3) muscicolous lichen, (4) crustose lichen and (5) moss turf.

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Published
2018-10-24
How to Cite
Schmitz, D., Putzke, J., Pereira de Albuquerque, M., Schünemann, A., Costa Beber Vieira, F., de Carvalho Victoria, F. de C. V., & Batista Pereira, A. (2018). Description of plant communities on Half Moon Island, Antarctica. Polar Research, 37. Retrieved from https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/article/view/2641
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