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Bryopsis plumosa (Hudson) C.Agardh

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Viridiplantae
Infrakingdom Chlorophyta infrakingdom
Phylum Chlorophyta
Subphylum Chlorophytina
Class Ulvophyceae
Order Bryopsidales
Family Bryopsidaceae
Genus Bryopsis


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Bryopsis plumosa (Hudson) C.Agardh
Carnac Island, near Perth, Western Australia.. John Huisman. © John Huisman (j.huisman@murdoch.edu.au).

Bryopsis plumosa (Hudson) C.Agardh
Narragansett, Rhode Island, U.S.A. 17 Oct 2008. Courtnay Hermann. © Courtnay Janiak (theseaweedknot@hotmail.com).

Bryopsis plumosa (Hudson) C.Agardh
Narragansett, Rhode Island, U.S.A.. 17 Oct 2008. Courtnay Hermann. © Courtnay Janiak (theseaweedknot@hotmail.com).

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Bryopsis plumosa (Hudson) C.Agardh Narragansett, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
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Publication details
Bryopsis plumosa (Hudson) C.Agardh 1823: 448

Published in: Agardh, C.A. (1823). Species algarum rite cognitae, cum synonymis, differentiis specificis et descriptionibus succinctis. Volumen primum pars posterior. pp. [vii-viii], [399]-531. Lundae [Lund]: ex officina Berlingiana.
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Publication date: early 1823

Type species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Bryopsis is Bryopsis pennata J.V.Lamouroux.

Status of name
This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Ulva plumosa Hudson

Type information
Type locality: prope Exmouth in Devonia [Exmouth, Devon, England] (Hudson 1778: 571). Notes: According to Womersley (1984: 282) the type is lost.

Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), feathery (Stearn 1973).

Homotypic Synonym(s)
Ulva plumosa Hudson 1778

Heterotypic Synonym(s)
Bryopsis plumosa var. nuda Holmes
Fucus arbuscula A.P.de Candolle 1805
Conferva tenax Roth 1806
Bryopsis arbuscula (A.P.de Candolle) J.V.Lamouroux 1809
Bryopsis abietina Kützing 1845
Bryopsis thuyoides Kützing 1856
Bryopsis plumosa var. condensata Kjellman 1897
Bryopsis hypnoides var. arbuscula (De Candolle) Schiffner 1935
Bryopsis plumosa f. genuina Schiffner 1938

Habitat notes
Widespread in warm and temperate seas. On rocks 1 m depth (Lipkin & Silva 2002). Common in sheltered to moderate water movement localities; eulittoral pool; uppermost sublittoral (Womersley 1984). - (21 Jun 2010) - Wendy Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

Common names

(as Bryopsis plumosa (Hudson) C.Agardh)
English: Evenly Branched Mossy Feather Weed (Bunker & al. 2010).

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Key references
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Burova, O.V., Tsarenko, P.M., Kovalenko, O.V., Mikhailyuk, T.I., Petlovany, O.A., Lilitska, G.G. & Bilous, O.P. (2011). Ulvophyceae. In: Algae of Ukraine: diversity, nomenclature, taxonomy, ecology and geography. Volume 3: Chlorophyta. (Tsarenko, P.M., Wasser, S.P. & Nevo, E. Eds), pp. 20-61. Ruggell: A.R.A. Gantner Verlag K.-G.

Burrows, E.M. (1991). Seaweeds of the British Isles. Volume 2. Chlorophyta. pp. [i]-xi, [1]-238, 60 figs, 9 pls. London: Natural History Museum Publications.

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Dawson, E.Y., Acleto, O.C. & Foldvik, N. (1964). The seaweeds of Peru. Beihefte zur Nova Hedwigia 13: 1-111, 81 pls.

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Huisman, J.M. (2019). Marine plants of Australia Revised edition. pp. [i]-xviii, [1]-435, numerous col. figs. Crawley Western Australia: UWA Publishing.

Kim, G.H. & Klochkova, T.A. (2010). Bryopsidales. In: Algal flora of Korea. Volume 1, Number 1. Chlorophyta: Ulvophyceae: Ulotrichales, Ulvales, Cladophorales, Bryopsidales. Marine green algae. (Bae, E.H., Kim, H.-S., Kwon, C.-J., Hwang, I.-K., Kim, G.H. & Klochkova, T.A. Eds), pp. 157-209. Incheon: National Institute of Biological Resources.

Lam, D.W. & Zechman, F.W. (2006). Phylogenetic analyses of the Bryopsidales (Ulvophyceae, Chlorophyta) based on RUBISCO large subunit gene sequences. Journal of Phycology 42: 669-678.

Loiseaux-de Goër, S. & Noailles, M.-C. (2008). Algues de Roscoff. pp. [1]-215, col. figs. Roscoff: Editions de la Station Biologique de Roscoff.

Mathieson, A.C. & Dawes, C.J. (2017). Seaweeds of the Northwest Atlantic. pp. [i]-x, 1-798, CIX pls. Amherst & Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.

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Pedroche, F.F., Silva, P.C., Aguilar-Rosas, L.E., Dreckmann, K.M. & Aguilar-Rosas, R. (2005). Catálogo de las algas marinas bentónicas del Pacífico de México. I. Chlorophycota. pp. i-viii, 17-146. Ensenada, México: Universidad Autónoma de Baja California.

Rodríguez-Prieto, C., Ballesteros, E., Boisset, F. & Afonso-Carrillo, J. (2013). Guía de las macroalgas y fanerógamas marinas del Mediterráneo occidental. pp. [1]-656. Barcelona: Ediciones Omega, S.A..

Scagel, R.F. (1957). An annotated list of the marine algae of British Columbia and northern Washington (including keys to genera). Bulletin, National Museum of Canada 150: [i]-vi, 1-289.

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Vinogradova, K.L. (1979). Opredelitel' vodoroslej dal'nevostochnykh morej SSSR. Selenye vodorosli [Determination book of the algae of the far-eastern seas of the USSR. Green algae]. pp. 1-148, 67 figs, pls I-XVIII. Leningrad: Akademiya Nauk SSSR, Botanicheskij Institut im. V.L. Komarova.

Womersley, H.B.S. (1984). The marine benthic flora of southern Australia. Part I. pp. 329, 102 figs, 16 plates. Adelaide: Government Printer, South Australia.

Wynne, M.J. (2005). Two new species of Bryopsis (Ulvophyceae, Chlorophyta) from the Sultanate of Oman, with a census of currently recognized species in the genus. Contributions from the University of Michigan Herbarium 24: 229-256, 9 figs.

Zinova, A.D. (1967). Opredelitel zelenikh, burikh i krasnich odoroslei juzhnikh morei SSSR [Guide to the green, brown and red algae of the southern seas of USSR]. pp. 1-398. Moscow, Leningrad: Academia Nauk. [in Russian]

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Brück, B. & Schnetter, R. (1993). Vegetative propagation of the microthallus in a strain of Bryopsis plumosa (Chlorophyta, Bryopsidales) from the Canary Islands. Phycologia 32: 310-312, 6 figs.
Brück, B. & Schnetter, R. (1997). Life history and karyology of Bryopsis plumosa (Chlorophyta, Bryopsidales) from the Canary Islands. Phycologia 36: 128-137, 8 figs.
Ciancia, M., Alberghina, J., Arata, P.X., Benavides, H., Leliaert, F., Verbruggen, H. & Estevez, J.M. (2012). Characterization of cell wall polysaccharides of the coenocytic green seaweed Bryopsis plumosa (Bryopsidaceae, Chlorophyta) from the Argentine coast. Journal of Phycology 48(2): 326-335.
Fawley, M.W. & Lee, C.M. (1990). Pigment composition of the scaly green flagellate Mesostigma viride (Micromonadophyceae) is similar to that of the siphonous green alga Bryopsis plumosa (Ulvophyceae). Journal of Phycology 26: 666-670.
Jónsson, S. (1980). Le cycle de développement du Bryopsis plumosa (Hudson) C. Agardh (Chlorophyta) d'Islande, en culture: un cycle monogénétique dans la population nord-Atlantique. Cryptogamie, Algologie 1: 51-60.
Kermarrec, A. (1972). Sur quelques cas de développement apogamique chez Bryopsis plumosa (Hudson) C. Agardh (Chlorophycées, Codiales). Compte Rendu Hebdomadaire des Séances de l’Académie des Sciences. Paris. Série D 274: 2478-2480.
Kermarrec, A. (1975). La parthénogenèse chez deux espèces de Bryopsis: B. plumosa (Hudson) C. Agardh at B. muscosa Lamouroux. Bulletin de la Société Phycologique de France 20: 37-44.
Kermarrec, A. (1980). Sur la place de la méiose dans le cycle de deux Chlorophycées marines: Bryopsis plumosa (Huds.) C. Ag. et Bryopsis hypnoides Lamouroux (Codiales). Cahiers de Biologie Marine 21: 443-466.
Kim, G.H., Klochkova, T.A., Yoon, K.-S., Song, Y.-S. & Lee, K.P. (2006). Purification and characterization of a lectin, bryohealin, involved in the protoplast formation of a marine green alga Bryopsis plumosa (Chlorophyta). Journal of Phycology 42: 86-95.
Klochkova, T. A., Kwak, M.S. & Kim, G.H. (2016). Proteomic profiles and ultrastructure of regenerating protoplasts of Bryopsis plumosa (Chlorophyta). Algae. An International Journal of Algal Research 31(4): 379-390.
Mine, I., Yoshimatsu, K., Kobanba, A., Sekida, S. & Okuda, K. (2011). Outflow movement during gamete discharge in Bryopsis plumosa (Caulerpales, Chlorophyta). Phycologia 50(4): 363-369.
Richardson, J.P. (1982). Life history of Bryopsis plumosa (Hudson) Agardh (Chlorophyceae) in North Carolina, USA. Botanica Marina 25: 177-183.
Rietema, H. (1970). Life-histories of Bryopsis plumosa (Chlorophyceae, Caulerpales) from European coasts. Acta Botanica Neerlandica 19: 859-866.
Saito, A., Ogawa, S. & Wada, S. (1989). Variations in morphology and DNA distribution among chloroplasts in mature germling cell of Bryopsis plumosa (Hudson) C. Ag. (Chlorophyceae). Botanical Gazette 150: 25-29.
Shameel, M. (1974). Effect of hydrostatic pressure on the redistribution of cell organelles in Bryopsis plumosa (Huds.) C. Ag.. Pakistan Journal of Botany 6: 83-84.
Shameel, M. (1976). Changes in the cellular morphology of Bryopsis plumosa (Bryopsidaceae) under high hydrostatic pressure and temperature. Pakistan Journal of Botany 8: 103-110.
Togashi, T., Motomura, T. & Ichimura, T. (1998). Gamete dimorphism in Bryopsis plumosa. Phototaxis, gamete motility and pheromonal attraction. Botanica Marina 41: 257-264, 16 figs, 1 table.
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Zinnecker, E. (1935). Beiträge zur entwicklungsgeschichte der Protophyten. XII. Reduktionsteilung, kernphasenwechsel und geschlechtbestimmung bei Bryopsis plumosa (Huds.) Ag.. Österreichische Botanische Zeitschrift 84: 53-72.

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