Lithophyllum incrustans Philippi 1837

Lithophyllum incrustans Philippi

Current name: Lithophyllum incrustans Philippi
Spanish Point, Co. Clare, Ireland; mid-intedtidal pools with the Black Sea Urchin Paracentrotus lividus - 04 August 2004. Michael Guiry (

Publication Details
Lithophyllum incrustans Philippi 1837: 388

Published in: Philippi, R.A. (1837). Beweis, dass die Nulliporen Pflanzen sind. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 3: 387-393, figs 2-6, pl. IX.

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

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

Type Information
Type locality: Sicily, Mediterranean; (Philippi 1837: 388) Lectotype: on a snail shell; LD; 943.10.34 (Woelkerling 1983: 315, figs 15-23) Notes:

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Thick, dull chalky, yellowish, pink or lavender calcareous crusts forming irregular concretions, to 40 mm thick, margins ridged where crusts meet.

On rock, lower intertidal semi-exposed and exposed pools, subtidal to 30 m., south-west coasts to Orkney Islands, common, especially in shallow subtidal. On the W and SW coasts of Ireland, this species is frequently associated with intertidal populations of the purple sea-urchin Paracentrotus lividus, the pink encrustations of the alga contrast beautifully with the purples and greens of the urchins, which frequently dominate exposed shore limestones.

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

Last updated: 11 June 2022

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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 11 June 2022. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 15 July 2024

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