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Kelp forest Otago 1s.JPG
Durvillaea antarctica in Otago, New Zealand
Scientific classification
(unranked): SAR
(unranked): Chromista
Phylum: Heterokontophyta
Class: Phaeophyceae
Order: Fucales
Family: Durvillaeaceae
Genus: Durvillaea

Durvillaea is a genus of brown algae (class Phaeophyceae) of the order Fucales. It is named after French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville [1790-1842].[1] Members of the genus are found in New Zealand, South America, and Australia and are sometimes called bull kelp, which is a common name for a large kelp.[2][3]

Species include:

Illustration of Durvillea harveyi, now Durvillaea antarctica, by Walter Hood Fitch for J. D. Hooker's Flora Antarctica, 1843–1859


  1. ^ M. Huisman, John (2000). Marine Plants of Australia. University of Western Australia Press. p. 212. ISBN 978-1-876268-33-6. 
  2. ^ a b Cheshire, A.; Hallam, N. (2009). "Morphological Differences in the Southern Bull-Kelp (Durvillaea potatorum) throughout South-Eastern Australia". Botanica Marina. 32 (3): 191–198. doi:10.1515/botm.1989.32.3.191. 
  3. ^ Fraser, C.I.; Winter, D.J.; Spencer, H.G.; Waters, J.M. (2010). "Multigene phylogeny of the southern bull-kelp genus Durvillaea (Phaeophyceae: Fucales)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 57 (3): 1301–1311. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.10.011. 
  4. ^ Dufour, C; Probert, PK; Savage, C (2012). "Macrofaunal colonisation of stranded Durvillaea antarctica on a southern New Zealand exposed sandy beach". New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. 46 (3): 369–383. doi:10.1080/00288330.2012.676557. 
  5. ^ Fraser, C.I.; Spencer, H.G.; Waters, J.M. (2012). "Durvillaea poha sp. nov. (Fucales, Phaeophyceae): a buoyant southern bull-kelp species endemic to New Zealand". Phycologia. 51 (2): 151–156. doi:10.2216/11-47.1. 
  6. ^ Cheshire, Anthony C.; Hallam, Neil D. (1985). "The environmental role of alginates in Durvillaea potatorum (Fucales, Phaeophyta)". Phycologia. 24 (2): 147–153. doi:10.2216/i0031-8884-24-2-147.1. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Adams, N.M. (1994). Seaweeds of New Zealand. Canterbury University Press
  • Morton, J.W., Miller, M.C. (1973) The New Zealand Seashore. Collins.

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