Tremella difformis , nom. inval. 1755
Tremella difformis Linnaeus 1755: 429, nom. inval.
Published in: Linnaeus, C. (1755). Flora suecica; exhibens plantas per regnum Sueciae crescentes, systematice cum differentiis specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus incolarum, solo locorum, usu pharmacopaeorum. pp. i-iv, i-xxxi, 1-464, [1- 30], 1 folded plate. Holmiae [Stockholm]: Impensis Laurentii Salvii.
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Tremella is .
Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Leathesia marina (Lyngbye) Decaisne
Type locality: "in Confervis maris occidentalis" (Silva & al. 1996: 621). Notes: Womersley (1987) gives the following data: Type from Sweden; in LINN?
Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), irregularly or unevenly formed or differently formed, unlike what is usual (Stearn 1985).
No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.
The genus Tremella Linnaeus (1753: 1157) was lectotypified by Tremella nostoc Linnaeus by Donk (1958: 245). As this is an entity with a later starting point (ICBN Art. 13.1, Nostocaceae heterocystaceae), under the provisions of ICBN Art. 13.2, all included species in the genus Tremella thus also have a later starting point (1 January 1886), regardless of their current generic placement. Tremella difformis Linnaeus (1755: 429) is thus not a valid name dating from 1755. Nostoc marinum C. Agardh (1812: 45) is similarly invalid. The earliest valid name that can be used for the entity widely known as Leathesia difformis is Chaetophora marina Lyngbye (Pedroche et al. 2008: 60). - (12 Mar 2009) - M.D. Guiry
Detailed distribution with sources
(as Tremella difformis Linnaeus)
Asia: Taiwan (Shao 2003-2014).
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.
Pedroche, P.F., Silva, P.C., Aguilar Rosas, L.E., Dreckmann, K.M. & Aguilar Rosas, R. (2008). Catálogo de las algas benthónicas del Pacífico de México II. Phaeophycota. pp. [i-viii], i-vi, 15-146. Mexicali & Berkeley: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana; Universidad Autónoma de Baja California; University of California Berkeley.
Spencer, M.A., Irvine, L.M. & Jarvis, C.E. (2009). Typification of Linnaean names relevant to algal nomenclature. Taxon 58: 237-260.
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