Fucus lycopodium , nom. illeg.
Fucus lycopodium Stackhouse 1802: 107, pl. XVII  in part, nom. illeg.
Published in: Stackhouse, J. (1802 '1801'). Nereis britannica; continens species omnes fucorum in insulis britannicis crescentium: descriptione latine et anglico, necnon iconibus ad vivum depictis... Fasc. 3. pp. xxv-xl, 71-112, 1-4, 1-3, pls XIII-XVII, A-G. Bathoniae [Bath] & Londini [London]: S. Hazard; J. White.
Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Rhodomela lycopodioides (Linnaeus) C.Agardh
No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.
Illegitimate: superfluous, unwarranted change of epithet for Fucus lycopodioides L. Silva, Basson & Moe (1995: 290) write "Stackhouse (1801: 107, pl. XVII, in part) illustrated an alga that he associated with Fucus lycopodioides Linnaeus (1767a: 717) (Rhodomela lycopodioides (Linnaeus) C. Agardh), but which in fact is probably Cladostephus spongiosus (Hudson) C. Agardh. Stackhouse changed the Linnaean epithet to lycopodium. Turner (l.c.) received an alga from the Red Sea that he associated with Stackhouse's illustration, suggesting that the alga illustrated by Stackhouse had come from the Mediterranean rather than from Yarmouth, England, as stated by Stackhouse. Knowing that Fucus lycopodioides had nothing to do with the alga from the Red Sea, Turner cited Fucus lycopodium Stackhouse, but with the exclusion of all synonyms. In accordance with Art. 48.1, Turner is considered to have described a new species whose name is a later homonym. Caulerpa lycopodium is treated as a nomen novum in accordance with Art. 58.3. It is difficult to understand why C. Agardh initially referred Turner's plant to Caulerpa." - (28 Jul 2017) - M.D. Guiry
This is a marine species.
Source of current name
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.
Created: 28 July 2017 by M.D. Guiry
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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2018. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 14 December 2018.