Fucus bracteatus S.G.Gmelin
Gigartina bracteata (S.G.Gmelin) Setchell & N.L.Gardner Olifantsbos, Cape Peninsula, South Africa
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Fucus bracteatus S.G.Gmelin 1768: 212-213
Published in: Gmelin, S.G. (1768). Historia fucorum. pp. [i-xii], [i]-239, [i]-6 expl. tab., 35 plates [1A, IB, IIA, IIB, III-XXXIII]. Petropoli [St. Petersburg]: Ex typographia Academiae scientiarum.
Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Gigartina bracteata (S.G.Gmelin) Setchell & N.L.Gardner
Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), bearing bracts.
No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.
This is a marine species.
Type locality: "Mare indicum"* (Silva, Basson & Moe 1996: 903). Notes: *Silva et al. (1996: 903) note: Seba's (1758) illustrations, included in the protologue of Fucus bracteatus, were considered to constitute the type of F. bracteatus by Setchell & Gardner. Seba's material probably came from the Cape of Good Hope on the Atlantic Ocean. Gigartina bracteata is restricted to the cold waters of western Cape Province, South Africa. Rumphius (1750: 186) is also cited in the protologue. His alga (from Amboina on the Banda Sea, an outlier of the Pacific Ocean) was referred by G. Mertens (1863: 43) to Mastocarpus klenzeanus Kützing, a taxonomic synonym of Sarcodia montagneana (J. Hooker & Harvey J. Agardh. There is no indication that Gmelin had original collections at hand, so that the provenance "Mare indicum" shoud be considered erroneous. According to Parkinson (1981: 19), Gmelin's species is based primarily on the Rumphius plant and not on those of Seba (1750).
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Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2018. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 18 September 2018.