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Sphaerococcus spinosus C.Agardh, nom. illeg.

Publication details
Sphaerococcus spinosus C.Agardh 1822: (1822-1823): 271-272, nom. illeg.

Published in: Agardh, C.A. (1822). Species algarum rite cognitae, cum synonymis, differentiis specificis et descriptionibus succinctis. Volumen primum pars posterior. pp. [v-vi], 169-398. Lundae [Lund]: ex officina Berlingiana.
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Type species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Sphaerococcus is Sphaerococcus coronopifolius Stackhouse.

Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Eucheuma denticulatum (N.L.Burman) Collins & Hervey

Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), spiny.

Synonym(s)
No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.

Nomenclatural notes
According to Silva, Bassson & Moe (1996: 331), Fucus spinosus Linnaeus was an illegitimate renaming of Fucus denticulatus Burman, which name Linnaeus cites. Sphaerococcus spinosus , Gigartina spinosa , and Eucheuma spinosum , being based on Fucus spinosus , are likewise illegitimate. The conspecificity of F. denticulatus and F. muricatus was first proposed by C. Agardh (1822: 271). Both names were published in 1768, with the Burman publication having priority (1 March-6 April vs. after 1 May). The type locality of F. denticulatus avowedly is the Cape of Good Hope, but Eucheuma is known in South Africa only from Natal, where, according to Norris (1992: 8), it is seemingly rare. - (18 Aug 2006) - Wendy Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

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Verified by: 23 September 2004 by M.D. Guiry

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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 19 October 2018.

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