Leptophytum ferox ( ) Y.M.Chamberlain &
Leptophytum ferox (Foslie) Y.M.Chamberlain & Keats 1994: 119, figs 49-95
Published in: Chamberlain, Y.M. & Keats, D.W. (1994). Three melobesioid crustose coralline red algae from South Africa: Leptophytum acervatum (Foslie) comb. nov., L. foveatum sp. nov. and L. ferox (Foslie) comb. nov.. Phycologia 33: 111-133, 105 figs, 2 tables.
Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Phymatolithon ferox (Foslie) Maneveldt & E.Van der Merwe
Lithothamnion ferox Foslie
Holotype locality: Natal, South Africa (Chamberlain & Keats 1994: 119). Holotype: Foslie slide 706. Printz 1929: pl. 4. fig. 9 (as Lithothamnion ): A. Weber van Bosse; no colelction date; no habitat data on type. TRH B15-2357 (Chamberlain & Keats 1994: 119). Notes: The holotype figured by Printz has been broken into two pieces.
Origin of species name
Adjective B (Latin), very thorny, fierce (Stearn 1973).
Lithothamnion prolixum f. plicatum (Foslie) Foslie 1908
According to Foslie (1908a: 9), the name Lithothamnion falsellum was misapplied to this species by Foslie (1900a: 10-11). Leptophyton ferox (Foslie) Y.M. Chamb. & Keats (John et al., 2004).
See Wilkes & Woelkerling (1994) and Adey, Athanasidis & Lebednik (2001).
Occurs from mid-tide level down to at least low spring-tide level, often growing on open rocks but particularly characteristic of shady crevices; it appears to bind turf organisms on sandy substrata in the Cape and often grows on polychaete worm tubes; the thallus surface is frequently heavily grazed (Chamberlain & Keats 1994: 121). - (8 Apr 2010) - Wendy Guiry
This is a marine species.
Source of current name
Van der Merwe, E. & Maneveldt, G.W. (2014). The genus Phymatolithon (Hapalidiaceae, Corallinales, Rhodophyta) in South Africa, including species previously ascribed to Leptophytum. South African Journal of Botany 90: 170-192.
Created: 01 January 1998 by M.D. Guiry
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Chamberlain, Y.M. & Keats, D.W. (1994). Three melobesioid crustose coralline red algae from South Africa: Leptophytum acervatum (Foslie) comb. nov., L. foveatum sp. nov. and L. ferox (Foslie) comb. nov.. Phycologia 33: 111-133, 105 figs, 2 tables.
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