Diversity of plasmodial slime molds (myxomycetes) in coastal, mountain, and community forests of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, the Philippines

Nikki Dagamac, Maria Rea, N Batungbacal, Soo Jung, C Bulang, A Cayago, Thomas Dela Cruz

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Abstract

No profiling of diversity of myxomycetes has ever been conducted in one of the biodiversity hotspot areas in the Philippine archipelago, and this necessitates a swift survey of myxomycetes in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. An assessment of diversity of myxomycetes collected from seven collecting points of three different forest types in the study area showed a total of 926 records of myxomycetes. Of which, 42 morphospecies belonging to 16 genera are reported in this study. Species richness of myxomycetes was higher in collecting points that were found in inland lowland mountain forests, but the most taxonomically diverse species was found in coastal forests. Myxomycete species, namely, Arcyria cinerea, Diderma hemisphaericum, Physarum echinosporum, Lamproderma scintillans, and Stemonitis fusca, were found in all the collecting points. Manmade disturbances and forest structure may affect the occurrence of myxomycetes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-329
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • disturbance
  • evenness
  • moist chamber
  • plasmodium
  • protist

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