Bonnemaisonia asparagoides (Woodward) C.Agardh 1822

Bonnemaisonia asparagoides (Woodward) C.Agardh

Current name: Bonnemaisonia asparagoides (Woodward) C.Agardh
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Publication Details
Bonnemaisonia asparagoides (Woodward) C.Agardh 1822: 197

Published in: Agardh, C.A. (1822). Species algarum rite cognitae, cum synonymis, differentiis specificis et descriptionibus succinctis. Volumen primum pars posterior. pp. [v-vi], 169-398. Lundae [Lund]: ex officina Berlingiana.

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Publication date: probably Oct 1822

Type Species
This is the type species (lectotype) of the genus Bonnemaisonia.

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

Fucus asparagoides Woodward

Type Information
Type locality: Norfolk, England; (Woodward 1794) Lectotype: original illustration (Woodward 1794: pl. 6)

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Gametophyte with feathery fronds, much branched, to 250 mm long, main axis cylindrical or slightly compressed, to 3 mm wide, from small discoid base. Branches alternate, distichous, covered with alternating, spinelike corticated ramuli about 2 mm long in one plane. Tetrasporophyte (Hymenoclonium-phase) a minute prostrate disc 2-4 mm diam.

The gametophytes are summer annuals (May-September) found on rock, very low intertidal or subtidal (to 30 m), widely distributed, frequent. Sporophyte subtidal, on shells, stones, etc., very rare.

Key Characteristics
Short, almost spiny branchlets in two rows; specimens also degenerate quick unless kept in water and in a cool place.

Similar Species
B. hamifera is less common and more seasonal (March to June, inclusive, and has distinctive and unique crozier-shaped modified branches that hook on to other algae; Naccaria wiggii is even less common and has branchlet that grow radially on the axes.

Created: 31 March 1996 by M.D. Guiry.

Last updated: 17 February 2020

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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 17 February 2020. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 21 May 2024

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