Cordylecladia erecta (Greville) J.Agardh 1852

Cordylecladia erecta (Greville) J.Agardh

Current name: Cordylecladia erecta (Greville) J.Agardh
France, Brittany, 2011 - 09 December 2011. Ignacio Bárbara (

Publication Details
Cordylecladia erecta (Greville) J.Agardh 1852: 704

Published in: Agardh, J.G. (1852). Species genera et ordines algarum, seu descriptiones succinctae specierum, generum et ordinum, quibus algarum regnum constituitur. Volumen secundum: algas florideas complectens. Part 3, fasc. 1. pp. 701-786. Lundae [Lund]: C.W.K. Gleerup.

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

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

Sphaerococcus erectus Greville

Type Information
Syntype localities: "In the sea; February. Discovered in England by Mrs Griffiths at Tor-Abbey rocks, Meadfoot, Waldon rocks, &c. in Torbay; and at Sidmouth."; (Greville 1828: pl. 357) Lectotype: Mrs Griffiths; February; E; (Jones 1962: 143) Notes: Paratypes: BM-K, LD. Lectotype from Sidmouth (Jones 1962: 143).

Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), erect (Stearn 1983).

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Narrow cylindrical, cartilaginous, brownish-red fronds, to 100 mm high, in tufts from thin, spreading, discoid base often hidden below sand. Sparingly subdichotomously branched, branches usually tapering to fine point. Dioecious. Tetrasporangia and spermatangia in terminal, deciduous, spindle-shaped pods, cystocarps clustered in swollen areas near apices. Reproduction takes place in the depths of winter.

On sand-covered rocks, low intertidal and subtidal, widely distributed, frequently overlooked.

Similar Species
Frequently confused with Gracilaria longissima and Gracilaria gracilis both of which do not have an expanded crustose base. Cordylecladia erecta is smaller, generally stands erect and has a brownish-red rather than a purplish-red colour. Plants of Gracilaria longissima may have irregularly sollen areas when growing in sand or shell-sand. Reproductive plants of C. erecta are only found in winter when the reproductive structures occur in swollen, often spindle-shaped areas near the tips of the fronds.

Created: 30 March 1996 by M.D. Guiry.

Last updated: 21 February 2024

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Pier Kuipers in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 21 February 2024. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 16 July 2024

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