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Melobesia farinosa J.V.Lamouroux

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Biliphyta
Phylum Rhodophyta
Subphylum Eurhodophytina
Class Florideophyceae
Subclass Corallinophycidae
Order Hapalidiales
Family Hapalidiaceae
Subfamily Melobesioideae
Genus Melobesia


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Melobesia farinosa J.V.Lamouroux
Hawaii; with conceptacles; on Sargassum; scale is 200 µm. 12 Aug 2011. J.M. Huisman. © J.M. Huisman.

Melobesia farinosa J.V.Lamouroux
Hawaii; on Sargassum; scale is 1 mm. 12 Aug 2011. J.M. Huisman. © J.M. Huisman.

Melobesia farinosa J.V.Lamouroux
Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia. John Huisman. © John Huisman (j.huisman@murdoch.edu.au).

Melobesia farinosa J.V.Lamouroux
Mediterranean. Mirella Coppola di Canzano. © Mirella Coppola di Canzano (mirella.coppoladicanzano@fastwebnet.it).

Melobesia farinosa J.V.Lamouroux
Mediterranean. Mirella Coppola di Canzano. © Mirella Coppola di Canzano (mirella.coppoladicanzano@fastwebnet.it).

Melobesia farinosa J.V.Lamouroux
Mediterranean. Mirella Coppola di Canzano. © Mirella Coppola di Canzano (mirella.coppoladicanzano@fastwebnet.it).

Melobesia farinosa J.V.Lamouroux
Mediterranean. Mirella Coppola di Canzano. © Mirella Coppola di Canzano (mirella.coppoladicanzano@fastwebnet.it).

Melobesia farinosa J.V.Lamouroux
Mediterranean. Mirella Coppola di Canzano. © Mirella Coppola di Canzano (mirella.coppoladicanzano@fastwebnet.it).


Solieria dichotoma Yoshida

Hydrolithon farinosum (J.V.Lamouroux) Penrose & Y.M.Chamberlain Mediterranean
© Mirella Coppola di Canzano (mirella.coppoladicanzano@fastwebnet.it)

Publication details
Melobesia farinosa J.V.Lamouroux 1816: 315, pl. XII [12]: fig. 3

Published in: Lamouroux, J.V.F. (1816). Histoire des polypiers coralligènes flexibles, vulgairement nommés zoophytes. pp. [i]-lxxxiv, chart, [1]-560, [560, err], pls I-XIX, uncol. by author. Caen: De l'imprimerie de F. Poisson.
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Type species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Melobesia is Melobesia membranacea (Esper) J.V.Lamouroux.

Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Hydrolithon farinosum (J.V.Lamouroux) Penrose & Y.M.Chamberlain

Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), mealy, covered with farina (flour-like, powdery covering) (Stearn 1973).

No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.

General environment
This is a marine species.

Type information
Lectotype locality: Mediterranean [unspecified locality] (Chamberlain 1994: 123). Lectotype: on Sargassum linifolium. CN Herb. Lamouroux; specimen sine numero (Chamberlain 1994: 123). Notes: Chamberlain and Irvine (1994) recommend consulting Penrose & Chamberlain (1993) for more information on the lectotype.

Detailed distribution with sources
(as Melobesia farinosa J.V.Lamouroux)
Europe: Adriatic Sea (Ercegovic 1980), Balearic Islands (Rodríguez y Femenías 1889, Bellón 1921, Navarro & Bellón 1945), Britain (Newton 1931), Channel Islands (Lyle 1920, Dixon 1961), France (Augier, Boudouresque & Laborel 1971), France (Breizh) (Feldmann 1954), Germany (Ludwig & Schnittler 1996), Greece (Diannelidis 1953, Gerloff & Geissler 1974, Haritonidis & Tsekos 1976, Tsekos & Haritonidis 1977), Ireland (Adams 1908, Cotton 1912), Italy (Giaccone 1969, Feoli & Bressan 1972), Portugal (Ardré 1970), Romania (Caraus 2002), Spain (Sauvageau 1897, Miranda 1931, Seoane-Camba 1965), Sweden (Kylin 1907), Turkey (Europe) (Güven & Öztig 1971).

Atlantic Islands: Canary Islands (Børgesen 1929, Price, John & Lawson 1986), Cape Verde Islands (Price, John & Lawson 1986), Madeira (Levring 1974), Salvage Islands (Price, John & Lawson 1986), St Helena (Price, John & Lawson 1986).

Caribbean Islands: Antilles (Wynne 2014).

South America: Brazil (Taylor 1930).

Africa: Mauritania (Price, John & Lawson 1986), Mauritius (Børgesen 1943), Senegal (Price, John & Lawson 1986).

South-west Asia: Israel (Nemlich & Danin 1964, Einav & Israel 2008).

Asia: Japan (Okamura 1936), Taiwan (Lewis & Norris 1987, Shao 2003-2014).

South-east Asia: Vietnam (Pham-Hoàng 1969).

Pacific Islands: Central Polynesia (Tsuda & Walsh 2013).

Source of current name
Penrose, D. & Chamberlain, Y.M. (1993). Hydrolithon farinosum (Lamouroux) comb. nov.: implications for generic concepts in the Mastophoroideae (Corallinaceae, Rhodophyta). Phycologia 32: 295-303, 19 figs.

Key references
Chamberlain, Y.M. (1994). Mastophoroideae Setchell. In: Seaweeds of the British Isles. Volume 1. Rhodophyta. Part 2B. Corallinales, Hildenbrandiales. (Irvine, L.M. & Chamberlain, Y.M. Eds), pp. 113-158. London: HMSO.

Funk, G. (1955). Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Meeresalgen von Neapel: Zugleich mikrophotographischer Atlas. Pubblicazioni della Stazione Zoologica di Napoli 25(Suppl.): i-x , 1-178, 36 figs.

Silva, P.C., Basson, P.W. & Moe, R.L. (1996). Catalogue of the benthic marine algae of the Indian Ocean. University of California Publications in Botany 79: 1-1259.

Wilks, K.M. & Woelkerling, W.J. (1991). Southern Australian species of Melobesia (Corallinaceae, Rhodophyta). Phycologia 30: 507-533, 37 figs, 2 tables.

Woelkerling, W.J., Gustavsen, G., Myklebost, H.E., Prestø, T., Såstad, S.M. (2005). The coralline red algal herbarium of Mikael Foslie: revised catalogue with analyses. Gunneria 77: 1-625.

Womersley, H.B.S. (1996). The marine benthic flora of southern Australia - Part IIIB - Gracilariales, Rhodymeniales, Corallinales and Bonnemaisoniales. Vol. 5 pp. 1-392, 160 figs. Canberra & Adelaide: Australian Biological Resources Study & the State Herbarium of South Australia.

Zinova, A.D. (1967). Opredelitel zelenikh, burikh i krasnich odoroslei juzhnikh morei SSSR [Guide to the green, brown and red algae of the southern seas of USSR]. pp. 1-398. Moscow, Leningrad: Academia Nauk. [in Russian]

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Balakrishnan, M.S. (1947). The morphology and cytology of Melobesia farinosa Lamour. In: The Indian Botanical Society, Silver Jubilee Session, Allahabad, M.O.P. Iyengar Commemoration Volume. (Sahni, B. Eds), pp. 305-319. Bangalore:

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