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Brief overview of flora

Contents:
  bulletTotal
  bulletVascular plants
  bulletNon-vascular plants
    bulletSubkingdom Thallophyta (plants not forming embryos)
      bulletDivision Chlorophyta (green algae)
    bulletDivision Phaeophyta (brown algae)
      bulletDivision Rhodophyta (red algae)
    bulletSubkingdom Embrophyta (plants forming embryos)
      bulletClass Musci (mosses)
      bulletClass Hepaticae (liverworts)
      bulletDivision Tracheophyta (vascular plants)
        bulletSubdivision Psilopsida
      bulletClass Filicineae (ferns)
      bulletClass Gymnospermae (cone-bearing plants and relatives)
        bulletSubclass Monocotyledonae
        bulletSubclass Dicotyledonae
  bulletOther Organisms
    bulletViruses
    bulletKingdom Monera (bacteria)
    bulletCyanobacteria
    bulletKingdom Protista
    bulletPhylum Sarcomastigophora (amebas, flagellates, opalinids)
      bulletOrder Dinoflagellida
      bulletSubphylum Sarcodina (amebas)
      bulletSuperclass Rhizophoda (naked amebas, foraminiferans)
    bulletPhylum Ciliophora (ciliates)
  bulletKingdom Fungi
  bulletMany others (diatoms, diatom-like algae, slime- molds, etc.)
  bulletREFERENCES

Scientific classification: Total
Total number of species: 724+
Number of native species: 342
Share (%) of native species: 47%
Number of species endemic to RMI only: 3
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): 0.41%
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: 5
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): 0.7%
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

Scientific classification: Vascular plants
Total number of species: 468+
Number of native species: 86
Share (%) of native species: 18%
Number of species endemic to RMI only: 3
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): 0.64%
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: 2
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): 0.42%

Scientific classification: Non-vascular plants
Total number of species: 256
Number of native species: 256?
Share (%) of native species: 100%
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: 3
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): 0.85%

Subkingdom Thallophyta (plants not forming embryos)

Scientific classification: Division Chlorophyta (green algae)
Total number of species: 89
Number of native species: 89
Share (%) of native species: 100%
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: -
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): -
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

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Scientific classification: Division Phaeophyta (brown algae)
Total number of species: 24+
Number of native species: 24+
Share (%) of native species: 100%
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI:
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%):
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

Scientific classification: Division Rhodophyta (red algae)
Total number of species: 109+
Number of native species: 109+
Share (%) of native species: 100%
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: -
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): -
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

Subkingdom Embrophyta (plants forming embryos)

Scientific classification: Class Musci (mosses)
Total number of species: 15
Number of native species: 15
Share (%) of native species: 100%
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: -
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): -
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

Scientific classification: Class Hepaticae (liverworts)
Total number of species: 14+?
Number of native species: 14+?
Share (%) of native species: 100%?

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Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

Scientific classification: Subdivision Psilopsida
Total number of species: 1
Number of native species: 1
Share (%) of native species: 100%?
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: -
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): -
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

Scientific classification: Class Filicineae (ferns)
Total number of species: 11
Number of native species: 9
Share (%) of native species: 82%
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: -
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): -
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

Scientific classification: Class Gymnospermae (cone-bearing plants and relatives)
Total number of species: 6

Scientific classification: Subclass Monocotyledonae
Total number of species: 151+
Number of native species: 21
Share (%) of native species: 14.6%
Number of species endemic to RMI only: 1
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): 0.068%
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: 2
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): 1.3%
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

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Scientific classification: Subclass Dicotyledonae
Total number of species: 316+
Number of native species: 55
Share (%) of native species: 17%
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: -
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): -
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

Other Organisms

Scientific classification: Viruses
Total number of species: N/A; (2 plant pests)
Number of native species: N/A
Share (%) of native species: N/A
Number of species endemic to RMI only: N/A
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): N/A
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: N/A
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): N/A
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: N/A
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): N/A

Scientific classification: Kingdom Monera (bacteria)
Total number of species: N/A; (2 plant pests)
Number of native species: N/A
Share (%) of native species: N/A
Number of species endemic to RMI only: N/A
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): N/A
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: N/A
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): N/A
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: N/A
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): N/A

Scientific classification: Cyanobacteria
Total number of species: 16
Number of native species: 16?
Share (%) of native species: 100%?
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: -
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): -
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

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Kingdom Protista

Phylum Sarcomastigophora (amebas, flagellates, opalinids)

Scientific classification: Order Dinoflagellida
Total number of species: 12
Number of native species: 12?
Share (%) of native species: 100%?
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: -
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): -
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

Scientific classification: Subphylum Sarcodina (amebas)
Total number of species: 51
Number of native species: 51?
Share (%) of native species: 100%?
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: -
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): -
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

Scientific classification: Superclass Rhizophoda (naked amebas, foraminiferans)
Total number of species: 280+?
Number of native species: 280+?
Share (%) of native species: 100%?

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Scientific classification: Phylum Ciliophora (ciliates)
Total number of species: 36
Number of native species: -
Share (%) of native species: -
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: -
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): -
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

Scientific classification: Kingdom Fungi
Total number of species: 100
Number of native species: -
Share (%) of native species: -
Number of species endemic to RMI only: -
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): -
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI:
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): -
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: -
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): -

Scientific classification: Many others (diatoms, diatom-like algae, slime- molds, etc.)
Total number of species: N/A
Number of native species: N/A
Share (%) of native species: N/A
Number of species endemic to RMI only: N/A
Endemic both to to RMI only (%): N/A
Number of species Endemic to Micronesia and RMI: N/A
Endemic to Micronesia and RMI (%): N/A
Number of endangered, threatened, extinct species: N/A
Endangered, threatened, extinct (%): N/A


REFERENCES

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National Biodiversity Team of the RMI, 2000. The Marshall Islands - Living Atols Amidst the Living Sea/ The National Biodiversity Report of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. © RMI Biodiversity Project. ISBN 982-9045-02-1, St. Hildegard Publishing Company, Santa Clarita, CA, USA.


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