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Zostera Linnaeus, 1753

Classification:
Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Tracheophyta
Subphylum Euphyllophytina
Infraphylum Spermatophytae
Superclass Angiospermae
Class Monocots
Subclass Alismatidae
Order Alismatales
Family Zosteraceae

Holotype species: Zostera marina Linnaeus

Original publication and holotype designation: Linnaeus, C. (1753). Species plantarum, exhibentes plantas rite cognitas, ad genera relatas, cum differentiis specificis, nominibus trivialibus, synonymis selectis, locis natalibus, secundum systema sexuale digestas. Vol. 2 pp. [i], 561-1200, [1-30, index], [i, err.]. Holmiae [Stockholm]: Impensis Laurentii Salvii.
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Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Les, D.H. & Tippery, N.P. (2013). In time and with water … the systematics of alismatid monocotyledons. In: Early events in monocot evolution. (Wilkin, P. & Mayo, S.J. Eds), pp. 118–164. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Description: Leaves ligulate, lacking tannin cells; rhizome monopodial, internodes elongate with long roots at nodes. Flowers monoecious, sessile spadix always covered by spathal sheath, retinacula often absent.

Information contributed by: M.D. Guiry. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 13 Sep 2018 by M.D. Guiry.

Common names

(as Zostera)
English: Eel grass (Duddington 1966).

Numbers of names and species: There are 24 species names in the database at present, as well as 4 infraspecific names. Of the species names, 12 have been flagged as accepted taxonomically on the basis of the listed literature under the species name. In some instances, opinions on taxonomic validity differ from author to author and users are encouraged to form their own opinion. AlgaeBase is a work in progress and should not be regarded as a definitive source only as a guide to the literature..

Names: ('C' indicates a name that is accepted taxonomically; 'S' a homotypic or heterotypic synonym; 'U' indicates a name of uncertain taxonomic status, but which has been subjected to some verification nomenclaturally; 'P' indicates a preliminary AlgaeBase entry that has not been subjected to any kind of verification. For more information on a species click on it to activate a link to the Species database):

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Contributors
Some of the descriptions included in AlgaeBase were originally from the unpublished Encyclopedia of Algal Genera, organised in the 1990s by Dr Bruce Parker on behalf of the Phycological Society of America (PSA) and intended to be published in CD format. These AlgaeBase descriptions are now being continually updated, and each current contributor is identified above. The PSA and AlgaeBase warmly acknowledge the generosity of all past and present contributors and particularly the work of Dr Parker.

Descriptions of chrysophyte genera were subsequently published in J. Kristiansen & H.R. Preisig (eds.). 2001. Encyclopedia of Chrysophyte Genera. Bibliotheca Phycologica 110: 1-260.

Created: 28 December 2000 by M.D. Guiry

Verified by: 13 September 2018 by M.D. Guiry

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