Byssus flos-aquae , nom. inval.
Byssus flos-aquae Linnaeus 1753: 1168, nom. inval.
Published in: Linnaeus, C. (1753). Species plantarum, exhibentes plantas rite cognitas, ad genera
relatas, cum differentiis specificis, nominibus trivialibus, synonymis selectis, locis natalibus, secundum systema sexuale digestas. Vol. 2 pp. [i], 561-1200, [1-30, index], [i, err.]. Holmiae [Stockholm]: Impensis Laurentii Salvii.
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Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Aphanizomenon flosaquae Ralfs ex Bornet & Flahault
No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.
Ross & Irvine (1967) note: "Linnaeus's first description of the species is in the Flora Lapponica (p. 371. 1737) where he says it commonly formed green water-blooms on lakes in Lapland. There are a number of species of Cyanophyceae, some filamentous (Nostocaceae heterocysteae or homocysteae), others coccoid, which do this. There is no specimen extant, however, which could be taken as lectotype. Byssus flos-aquae was selected by Drouet & Daily (in Butler Univ. bot. Stud. 12: 145. 1956) as lectotype species of the genus. Unfortunately, the specimen referred to by them as the type of the species cannot be considered as such, as Drouet has himself since realised. Although the specimen is in Linnaeus's Herbarium [no. 1278. 1], it is labelled by the younger Linnaeus only and is not listed by Jackson (Index Linn. Herb. p. 48. 1912) as having been present at the time of the enumerations of the Herbarium. If Byssus flos-aquae remains the lectotype of the genus, its typification is not only problematical but also critical; because of the later starting-points of the Nostocaceae the validity or otherwise of the remaining epithets is involved." - (1 Jan 2010) - M.D. Guiry
This is a freshwater species.
Source of current name
Spencer, M.A., Irvine, L.M. & Jarvis, C.E. (2009). Typification of Linnaean names relevant to algal nomenclature. Taxon 58: 237-260.
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