Sphaerococcus bracteatus (S.G.Gmelin) C.
Gigartina bracteata (S.G.Gmelin) Setchell & N.L.Gardner Olifantsbos, Cape Peninsula, South Africa
© M.D. Guiry
Sphaerococcus bracteatus (S.G.Gmelin) C.Agardh 1817: XVI
Published in: Agardh, C.A. (1817). Synopsis algarum Scandinaviae, adjecta dispositione universali algarum. pp. [i]-xl, -135. Lundae [Lund]: Ex officina Berlingiana.
Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Gigartina bracteata (S.G.Gmelin) Setchell & N.L.Gardner
Fucus bracteatus S.G.Gmelin
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).
Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), bearing bracts.
No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.
This is a marine species.
Created: 21 May 2018 by Salvador Valenzuela Miranda
Verified by: 21 May 2018 by Salvador Valenzuela Miranda
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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 15 October 2018.