Fucus nootkanus Esper 1802: 30, pl. CXXV: figs 1, 2
Published in: Esper, E.J.C. (1802). Icones fucorum cum characteribus systematicis, synonimis (sic) auctorum et descriptionibus novarum specierum. Abbildungen der Tange mit beygefügten systematischen Kennzeichen, Anführungen der Schriftsteller, und Beschribungen der neuen Gattungen. Zweyter Theil. Part 1. pp. -53 [sic], pls CXII-CXXXV. Nürnberg: Raspe.
Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Bonnemaisonia nootkana (Esper) P.C.Silva
No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.
Hypnea esperi Bory (1828: 157) was superfluous, and thus illegitimate, when published (Silva, Meñez & Moe, 1987: 50), being a substitute name for Fucus nootkeanus Esper (1802: 30, pl. 125).
Silva, Basson & Moe (1996: 298) write "Bory de Saint-Vincent (1828 [1826-1829]: 157-158), believing that a collection made by Dumont d'Urville at Concepción, Chile matched the protologue of Fucus nootkanus Esper (1802 [1802-1808]: 30, pl. CXXV; type locality: Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island, Canada), transferred Esper's species to Hypnea but unnecessarily changed the epithet to esperi ['esperii']. Hypnea esperi is thus an illegitimate name to be retained in the synonymy of F. nootkanus. The identity of F. nootkanus is uncertain. J. Agardh (1851 [1851-1863]: 451) thought that it might be conspecific with his new species, Hypnea nidifica J. Agardh (l.c.; type locality: Hawaiian Islands). Doty (1947b: 164) thought that it was conspecific with Pikea californica Harvey (1853: 246-247), while P. Silva (1953: 225-226) thought that it was conspecific with Bonnemaisonia californica Buffham (1896: 181-182, pl. IX: figs. 8-10). Examination of an isotype specimen (in BM) by Silva (unpublished) has revealed an associated biota indicative of tropical or subtropical waters, thus eliminating Nootka Sound as the provenance and supporting J. Agardh's opinion." - (17 Aug 2006) - Wendy Guiry
This is a marine species.
Source of current name
Silva, P.C. (1953). The identity of certain Fuci of Esper. Wasmann Journal of Biology 11: 221-232.
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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2019. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 25 March 2019.