Melobesia lichenoides (J.Ellis)
Mesophyllum lichenoides (J.Ellis) Me.Lemoine
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Melobesia lichenoides (J.Ellis) Harvey 1849: 111
Published in: Harvey, W.H. (1849). A manual of the British marine algae: containing generic and specific descriptions of all the known British species of sea-weeds. With plates to illustrate all the genera. pp. [i]-lii, -252, 27 pls. London: John Van Voorst, Paternoster Row.
Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Mesophyllum lichenoides (J.Ellis) Me.Lemoine
Corallium lichenoides J.Ellis
Type locality: Not stated in protologue (Ellis 1768) but Ellis (1755) and Ellis & Solander (1786) cite Cornwall, England as the source material (Woelkerling & Irvine 1986: 392). Epitype: BM algal box collection 1658 (Woelkerling & Irvine 2007: 230). Notes: Woelkerling and Irvine (2007) note that the neotype (collected at Hannafore Point, West Looe, Conwall) of Woelkerling and Irvine (1986b) has to be superseded because ICBN rules governing the selection of types have changed. The 1768 illustration designated as lectotype does not provide sufficient anatomical or reproductive information to allow unequivocal identification at genus or species levels. Therefore, the unacceptable neotype of Mesophyllum lichenoides(J. Ellis) Me. Lemoine (BM: Algal Box Collection 1658, barcode 000568779BM) is designated as epitype.
Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), like a lichen.
No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.
Athanasiadis (2016: 262) lists Harvey Phyc. brit. p. xxiii "1846" as the place of publication of this but this intoructury material was published in 1851 according to TL-2. - (4 Oct 2017) - M.D. Guiry
This is a marine species.
Neotype locality: Hannafore Point, West Looe, Cornwall, England (Wilks & Woelkerling 1991: 528). Neotype: Farnham; (Wilks & Woelkerling 1991: 528). Notes: Box Collection 1658. Neotypified by Woelkerling & Irvine (1986).
Wilks, K.M. & Woelkerling, W.J. (1991). Southern Australian species of Melobesia (Corallinaceae, Rhodophyta). Phycologia 30: 507-533, 37 figs, 2 tables.
Woelkerling, W.J. & Irvine, L.M. (1986). The neotypification and status of Mesophyllum (Corallinaceae, Rhodophyta). Phycologia 25: 379-396.
Created: 22 July 1999 by M.D. Guiry
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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 22 February 2019.