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Melobesia compressa M'Calla ex Harvey

Publication details
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, [1]-252, 27 pls. London: John Van Voorst, Paternoster Row.
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Type species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Melobesia is Melobesia membranacea (Esper) J.V.Lamouroux.

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).

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

Nomenclatural notes
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.).

Taxonomic notes
Generally referred to Phymatolithon calcareum but in the absence of a designated type, its identity cannot be certain. - (19 Aug 2015) - M.D. Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

Type information
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

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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.

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