Dutch Caribbean Species Register

Overview of the biodiversity of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten

Naturalis’ fieldwork on Sint Eustatius

Photos: Jeroen van der Brugge and Berry van der Hoorn

Meet Bonaire's seeweeds

Sytske de Waart - 30 September 2021
Cutout from the identification cards for common algae on Bonaire / Photo: Luna van der Loos

Macroalgae are large algae, also called seaweeds, that are typically divided in three major groups: red macroalgae (Rhodophyta), brown macroalgae (Phaeophyceae), and green macroalgae (Chlorophyta). Over 250 seaweed species are known from Bonaire. They vary tremendously in shape and color and are found in a range of habitats. They flourish in shallow and deep areas on coral reefs all around the island, in seagrass beds, mangrove forests and in the intertidal.

The 2019 Naturalis Biodiversity Center and ANEMOON Foundation expeditions worked, among other things, to catalog the wide variety of seaweeds off the coast of Bonaire. From this and previous reports, nearly 250 species were identified and the most common were highlighted in the “Common Seaweeds of Bonaire” ID cards. Made by Luna van der Loos from the University of Ghent, and available for free download from the Dutch Caribbean Biodiversity Database.

References: 

Verweij, P., 2020. Identification cards for common algae on Bonaire. link
BioNews 54, 2020. Get to Know Bonaire’s Seaweeds. link