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A checklist of the mosses of the Kermadec Islands

Peter J. de Lange
Department of Conservation
Jessica E. Beever
Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua
16 October 2015


A checklist of the mosses of the Kermadec Islands is presented. One hundred and thirty-five mosses from 38 families and 80 genera are recorded for the islands. Allowing for changes in names and some errors in identification this listing increases the moss flora of the islands by 84 taxa on the figures last reported for the Kermadec Islands in 1996. There are still, however, no endemic mosses recognised from the islands. Nevertheless, 11 mosses (all recorded from Raoul Island, the largest island in the Kermadec Islands) are new records for the moss flora of the New Zealand Botanical Region, and 15 taxa previously regarded as endemic to the islands of continental New Zealand are now known from the Kermadec Islands. Eight mosses are regarded as naturalised to the islands. An account of the mosses of each of the main islands of the Kermadec Islands is given, and a tabulated listing of their distribution provided.

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Peter de J. Lange and Jessica E. Beever. A checklist of mosses of the Kermadec Islands. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Bulletin of the Auckland Museum 20: 183:206.