AUSTRALASIAN Temperate Ocean
"plants"

The plants and plant-y things under the waters of the southern temperate oceans of New Zealand and southern Australia...

Kingdom Chromista

Class Phaeophyceae: Brown Algae

Order Laminariales: Kelps

Family Lessoniaceae 

Ecklonia radiata 'Common Kelp' (Rottnest Island). Can form dense underwater forests. Found from shallow waters down to 25 metres. Widespread in temperate waters of southern hemisphere.

Kingdom Plantae

Order Asimatales

Family Poisidoniaceae

Posidonia sp. 'Strapweed' (Rottnest Island). A group of seagrass with a disjunct distribution; they are found in the Mediterranean and in southern Australian waters.


Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.