Chondracanthus corymbiferus (Kützing)
Chondracanthus corymbiferus (Kützing) Guiry in Hommersand, Guiry, Fredericq & Leister 1993: 115
Published in: Hommersand, M.H., Guiry, M.D., Fredericq, S. & Leister, G.L. (1993). New perspectives in the taxonomy of the Gigartinaceae (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta). Proceedings of the International Seaweed Symposium 14: 105-120, 41 figs.
Status of name
This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.
Mastocarpus corymbiferus Kützing
Type locality: In sinu Californica [Monterey, Monterey Co., California, USA; Hughey & Hommersand 2008: 143] (Kützing 1847: 24). Holotype: Dr T. Coulter; 1831-1833; L 941.27.135 (Hughey & Hommersand 2008: 143).
Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), bearing corymbs.
This is a marine species.
Thalli 20-40 cm tall, crisp, yellowish-pink or pink to bluish-red, consisting of one to many blades from a stout discoid holdfast; blades 20-30 cm broad, simple, broadly obovate with a rounded apex or sometimes irregularly split or truncate, generally entire; stipe short, cylindrical, usually simple, lacking bladelets, merging gradually into a prominent coriaceous, cuneate, concavoconvex apophysis 7-19 cm long; fertile blade rounded at the apex, with the fertile portion papillate, 0.4-2.2 mm thick; cortex 6-8 cell layers thick; medullary cells variable in size and shape, 1.5-25 µm in diameter. Cystocarps 0.8-1.2 mm in diameter, usually 2-3 in corymbose papillae on margins and surfaces of the blade; carpospores subspherical, 13-17 µm in diameter. Spermatangial sori superficial, forming indefinite, irregularly anastomosing patches on the thallus surface or borne on thin, crisped triangular-shaped papillae with attenuated tips. Tetrasporangial sori 200-325 µm in diameter, in soral patches circling the base of slightly elevated, irregular to oblong mound shaped papillae; tetrasporangia 31-42 µm in diameter, in chains 6-8 cells long.
Exposed and sheltered habitats in the low intertidal.
Braune, W. (2008). Meeresalgen. Ein Farbbildführer zu den verbreiteten benthischen Grün- Braun- und Rotalgen der Weltmeere. pp. -596, pls 1-266 (colour photographs). Ruggell: A.R.G. Gantner Verlag.
Hughey, J.R. & Hommersand, M.H. (2008). Morphological and molecular systematic study of Chondracanthus (Gigartinaceae, Rhodophyta) from Pacific North America. Phycologia 47: 124-155.
Schubert, N., Garcia-Mendoza, E. & Pacheco-Ruiz, I. (2006). Carotenoid composition of marine red algae. Journal of Phycology 42: 1208-1216.
Created: 10 February 1998 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 14 September 2015 by Wendy Guiry
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Wendy 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 23 April 2019.