Byssus purpurea Lightfoot 1777

Rhodochorton purpureum (Lightfoot) Rosenvinge

Current name: Rhodochorton purpureum (Lightfoot) Rosenvinge
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Publication Details
Byssus purpurea Lightfoot 1777: 1000

Published in: Lightfoot, J. (1777). Flora scotica: or, a systematic arrangement, in the Linnaean method, of the native plants of Scotland and the Hebrides. Vol. II. pp. 545-1151 [1-24], pls 1-35. London: printed for B. White at Horace's Head, in Fleet-Street.

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Publication date: October 1777

Type Species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Byssus is Byssus jolithus Linnaeus.

Status of Name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Rhodochorton purpureum (Lightfoot) Rosenvinge.

Type Information
Type locality: "Upon the base of the Abbott MacKinnon’s tomb in the ruin'd abbey at J-Columb-Kill"; (Index Nominum Algarum) Type: Probably destroyed (Conway & Knaggs, 1966); Notes: The Abbott MacKinnon’s tomb has now been enclosed and no trace of the original population remains (fide David Fewer).

Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), purple (Stearn 1973).

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Created: 27 September 1998 by M.D. Guiry.

Last updated: 18 October 2022

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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 18 October 2022. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 23 September 2023

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