Catenella caespitosa (Withering) L.M.Irvine 1976

Catenella caespitosa (Withering) L.M.Irvine

Current name: Catenella caespitosa (Withering) L.M.Irvine
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Publication Details
Catenella caespitosa (Withering) L.M.Irvine 1976: 590

Published in: Parke, M. & Dixon, P.S. (1976). Check-list of British marine algae - third revision. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 56: 527-594.

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Type Species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Catenella is Catenella opuntia (Goodenough & Woodward) Greville.

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

Ulva caespitosa Withering

Type Information
Type locality: "Side Rocks, Anglesey", Wales; (Silva & al. 1996: 280) Holotype: OXF; (Dixon & Irvine 1977: 190)

Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), growing in patches or tufts, caespitose (Stearn 1983).

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Mat of interlaced blackish purple fronds, 20 mm high, irregularly branched, constricted into flattened segments like tiny Prickly Pear cacti, from creeping stolons with discoid attachments.

On sheltered shady rocks or soil near high tide level, often beneath Fucus spiralis, generally distributed, abundant.

Similar Species
Gelidium pusillum.

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

Last updated: 25 June 2021

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