Lessonia (alga)

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This article is about a seaweed genus. For the tyrant-flycatcher genus, see Lessonia (bird).
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Lessonia nigrescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
Division: Heterokontophyta
Class: Phaeophyceae
Order: Laminariales
Family: Lessoniaceae
Genus: Lessonia
Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1825

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Lessonia is a genus of large kelp from South America, where it is one of two principal genera in kelp forests (the other is Macrocystis). In Chile, the preservation of Lessonia wild kelp is a crucial factor for the rocky shores. By harvesting these wild populations of Lessonia kelp, marine biologists are able to analyze the effects of kelp towards wildlife.[1]



  1. ^ Orostica; Aguilera; Donoso. "Effect of grazing on distribution and recovery of harvested stands of Lessonia berteroana kelp in northern Chile". pp. VOL 511. pgs71–82. doi:10.3354/meps10931. 

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