Chondracanthus acicularis (Roth) Fredericq 1993

Chondracanthus acicularis (Roth) Fredericq

Current name: Chondracanthus acicularis (Roth) FredericqABC Taxa (

Publication Details
Chondracanthus acicularis (Roth) Fredericq 1993: 117

Published in: Hommersand, M.H., Guiry, M.D., Fredericq, S. & Leister, G.L. (1993). New perspectives in the taxonomy of the Gigartinaceae (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta). Proceedings of the International Seaweed Symposium 14: 105-120, 41 figs.

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Type Species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Chondracanthus is Chondracanthus chauvinii (Bory) Kützing.

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

Ceramium aciculare Roth

Type Information
Type locality: Adriatic Sea: "In variis submarinis corporibus"; Lectotype: Wulfen’'s (1803: 63) description in the absence of material (epitype) (Dixon & Irvine 1977: 237)

Origin of Species Name
Adjective B (Latin), acicular, i.e., narrow, stiff, pointed like a needle (Stearn 1983).

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Cartilaginous, cylindrical or compressed, purple-red or blackish fronds, sometimes with greenish or whitish spots, to 100 mm long, irregularly bipinnately branched, branches curved, sharply pointed. Base initially discoid, becoming stoloniferous and entangled.

On rocks, lower intertidal, generally uncommon but may be locally common on sheltered, silty shores in the lower intertidal, southern and western shores reaching its northern limit on the mid-western Irish coast.

Similar Species
Gigartina pistillata (S.G. Gmelin) Stackhouse, an uncommon species except in the lower intertidal of south-western shores north to Pembrokeshire in Wales and Waterford in Ireland, forms pinnately branched ultimate branches and is not stoloniferous. Chondracanthus teedei (Roth) Kützing is brownish red in colour, distinctly compressed, regularly pinnately branched, and occurs in a few localities on the south and west coasts of Britain and Ireland.

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

Last updated: 16 January 2020

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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 16 January 2020. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 26 May 2024

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