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Durvillaea antarctica in Otago, New Zealand
Scientific classification
(unranked): SAR
Superphylum: Heterokonta
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] There are currently six recognised species within the genus, with the type species Durvillaea antarctica (Chamisso) Hariot.[2] All members of the genus are found in the southern hemisphere, particularly New Zealand, South America, Australia and various subantarctic islands. Many Durvillaea species are referred to as bull kelp, which is a common name for a large kelp.[3][4]

Species include:

Morphology & Ecology[edit]

Durvillaea spp. are characterised by their prolific growth, plastic morphology and ability to withstand high levels of disturbance at rocky, wave-exposed coastal sites.[6]

Use of Durvillaea spp.[edit]

Durvillaea antarctica has been used in Chile as a food item, predominately by the Mapuche indigenous people who refer to it as 'collofe'.[10] In Australia, Durvillaea potatorum is collected as beach wrack from King Island, where it is then dried as chips and sent to Scotland for phycocolloid extraction.[11]

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


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  2. ^ Bory de Saint-Vincent, J.B.G.M. (1826). Laminaire, Laminaria. In: Dictionnaire Classique d'Histoire Naturelle. (Audouin, I. et al. Eds) Vol. 9, pp. 187-194.
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b c 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): 1301–11. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.10.011. PMID 20971197. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ a b "Kelp". Australian Antarctic Division: Leading Australia’s Antarctic Program. Department of the Environment and Energy. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Lindauer, V.W. (1949). "Notes on marine algae of New Zealand. I". Pacific Science. 3: 340–352. 
  10. ^ Stuart, Jim (15 April 2010). "Seaweed: Cochayuyo and Luche". Eating Chilean. 
  11. ^ Kelp Industries (August 2004). "Proposal for the harvest and export of native flora under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999" (PDF). 

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