Gigartina bracteata (S.G.Gmelin) & N.L.Gardner
Gigartina bracteata (S.G.Gmelin) Setchell & N.L.Gardner Olifantsbos, Cape Peninsula, South Africa
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Gigartina bracteata (S.G.Gmelin) Setchell & N.L.Gardner 1933: 258
Published in: Setchell, W.A. & Gardner, N.L. (1933). A preliminary survey of Gigartina, with special reference to its Pacific North American species. University of California Publications in Botany 17: 255-339, Plates 46-65.
Status of name
This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.
Fucus bracteatus S.G.Gmelin
Type locality: "Mare indicum"* (Silva, Basson & Moe 1996: 903). Notes: *Silva et al. (1996: 903) note: Seba's (1758) illustrations, included in the protologue of Fucus bracteatus, were considered to constitute the type of F. bracteatus by Setchell & Gardner. Seba's material probably came from the Cape of Good Hope on the Atlantic Ocean. Gigartina bracteata is restricted to the cold waters of western Cape Province, South Africa. Rumphius (1750: 186) is also cited in the protologue. His alga (from Amboina on the Banda Sea, an outlier of the Pacific Ocean) was referred by G. Mertens (1863: 43) to Mastocarpus klenzeanus Kützing, a taxonomic synonym of Sarcodia montagneana (J. Hooker & Harvey J. Agardh. There is no indication that Gmelin had original collections at hand, so that the provenance "Mare indicum" shoud be considered erroneous. According to Parkinson (1981: 19), Gmelin's species is based primarily on the Rumphius plant and not on those of Seba (1750).
Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), bearing bracts.
Fucus bracteatus S.G.Gmelin 1768
Delesseria bracteata (S.G.Gmelin) Lamouroux 1813
Sphaerococcus bracteatus (S.G.Gmelin) C.Agardh 1817
Laminaria bracteata (S.G.Gmelin) Steudel 1824
Halymenia bracteata (S.G.Gmelin) Lamouroux 1824
Mastocarpus bracteatus (S.G.Gmelin) Kützing 1849
Papenfuss (1964: 40) considers that the Auckland Islands records is almost certainly a misidentification.
This is a marine species.
Papenfuss, G.F. (1964). Catalogue and bibliography of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic benthic marine algae. In: Antarctic Research Series. Volume 1. Bibliography of the Antarctic Seas. (Lee, M.O. Eds), pp. 1-76. Washington D.C.: American Geophysical Union.
Wynne, M.J. (1986). Report on a collection of benthic marine algae from the Namibian coast (southwestern Africa). Nova Hedwigia 43: 311-355, 24 pls.
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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 10 December 2018.