Abstract A 1.2 km 2 meadow of Heterozostera tasmanica (Martens ex Aschers.) den Hartog was found at Pto. Aldea, Bahia Tongoy, 60 km south of Coquimbo, 30°S on the coast of Chile. This provides documented evidence of seagrass occurrence on the west coast of South America. Since H. tasmanica is widespread throughout southern Australia, the Chilean stock represents a highly disjunct population. It appears from several growth parameters (density, leaf biomass, leaf area index, specific leaf area, δ 13C) that the H. tasmanica meadow at Pto. Aldea is very similar to those found in other parts of the world.