Polysiphonia infestans Harvey 1855: 539
Published in: Harvey, W.H. (1855). Some account of the marine botany of the colony of western Australia. Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy 22: 525-566.
The type species (holotype) of the genus Polysiphonia is Polysiphonia urceolata (Lightfoot ex Dillwyn) Greville.
Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Melanothamnus infestans (Harvey) Huisman
Origin of species name
Participle (Latin), infesting, attacking (Stearn 1973).
No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.
This is a marine species.
This is common in intertidal rock pools or where just covered at low tide on rock platforms on rough-water coasts, extending less frequently to coasts of moderate water movement. It grows on rock and on a variety of other larger algae such as Laurencia (Womersley 2003: 189).
Type locality: King George Sound, Western Australia (Silva, Basson & Moe 1996: 542). Lectotype: W.H.Harvey; on Polyphysa peniculus. TCD Harvey Trav. Set 22 (Womersley 2003: 189). Notes: Type from Princess Royal Harbour, King George Sound, W. Aust.; probable isotypes (Alg. Aust. Exsicc. 180B) in BM, MEL, 1006715, and AD, A18284 (Womersley, 2003: 189). According to Huisman (2018: 543) the Harvey specimen (Harvey Trav. Set 22) is a lectotype rather than a holotype.
Source of current name
Huisman, J.M. (2018). Algae of Australia. Marine benthic algae of north-western Australia. 2. Red algae. pp. [i]-xii, 1-672, 189 figs. Canberra & Melbourne: ABRS & CSIRO Publishing.
Scott, F.J. (2017). Marine plants of Tasmania. pp. [i]-viii, 1-360, numerous col. illus. Hobart: Tasmania Herbarium, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Womersley, H.B.S. (2003). The marine benthic flora of southern Australia - Part IIID Ceramiales - Delesseriaceae, Sarcomeniaceae, Rhodomelaceae. pp. -533. Canberra & Adelaide: Australian Biological Resources Study & State Herbarium of South Australia.
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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 24 June 2019.