Melobesia compressa M'Calla ex
Melobesia compressa M'Calla ex Harvey 1849: 108
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 Phymatolithon calcareum (Pallas) W.H.Adey & D.L.McKibbin ex Woelkering & L.M.Irvine
Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), flattened, usually laterally (Stearn 1973).
No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.
William McCalla’s name is spelled both as M’Calla and McAlla (and the family name may also be rendered M’Alla). McAlla was the son of a Scot who settled in Roundstone, Co. Galway, Ireland. He was, for a time, the schoolmaster at Roundstone. He died of cholera in 1849 (Guiry, pers. comm.).
Generally referred to Phymatolithon calcareum but in the absence of a designated type, its identity cannot be certain. - (19 Aug 2015) - M.D. Guiry
This is a marine species.
Type locality: probably Roundstone Bay, Ireland. Notes: Type seeminly not designated, but type material of McCalla may be in TCD or DBN (Stafleu & Cowan 1981: 212; Woelkering et al. 2005: 395). Harvey's coralline algae may have not survived.
Source of current name
Athanasiadis, A. (2016). Phycologia Europaea Rhodophyta Vol. I. pp. [i]-xxxxviii, 1-762. Thessaloniki: Published and distributed by the author.
Created: 22 April 2000 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 02 October 2017 by M.D. Guiry
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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2018. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 19 September 2018.