Holotype species: Microspongium gelatinosum Reinke
Original publication and holotype designation: Reinke, J. (1888). Die braunen Algen (Fucaceen und Phaeosporeen) der Kieler Bucht. Berichte der deutsche botanischen Gesellschaft 6: 14-20.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Silberfeld, T., Rousseau, F. & Reviers, B. de (2014). An updated classification of brown algae (Ochrophyta, Phaeophyceae). Cryptogamie Algologie 35(2): 117-156.
"Microspongium gelatinosum Reinke has actually been applied to the ralfsioid sporophytes of the Scytosiphonaceae (Fletcher, 1987). Because M. gelatinosum is the type species of the chordariacean genus Microspongium, the latter genus is no longer recognized. The six other currently species belonging to Microspongium need to be reinvestigated to clarify their taxonomy" (Silberfeld, Rousseau & Reviers 2014: 132, footnote). - (20 Jun 2014) - M.D. Guiry
Numbers of names and species: There are 9 species names in the database at present, of which 6 have been flagged as accepted taxonomically on the basis of the listed literature under the species name. In some instances, opinions on taxonomic validity differ from author to author and users are encouraged to form their own opinion. AlgaeBase is a work in progress and should not be regarded as a definitive source only as a guide to the literature..
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Created: 28 December 2000 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 20 June 2014 by M.D. Guiry
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