Corallium lichenoides J.Ellis 1768

Mesophyllum lichenoides (J.Ellis) Me.Lemoine

Current name: Mesophyllum lichenoides (J.Ellis) Me.Lemoine
Mesophyllum lichenoides, on spider crab, Ría de A. Coruña, Galicia, Spain, 2013, Ignacio Bárbara" Igancio Bárbara (

Publication Details
Corallium lichenoides J.Ellis 1768: 407, pl. 17: figs 9-11

Published in: Ellis, J. (1768). Extract of a letter from John Ellis, Esquire, F.R.S. to Dr. Linnaeus of Upsala, F.R.S. on the animal nature of the genus of zoophytes, called Corallina. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 57: 404-425, pls XVII, XVIII.

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Type Species
A type species for this genus does not appear to have been designated.

Status of Name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Mesophyllum lichenoides (J.Ellis) Me.Lemoine.

Type Information
Type locality: Not stated in protologue (Ellis 1768) but Ellis (1755) and Ellis & Solander (1786) cite Cornwall, England as the source material; (Woelkerling & Irvine 1986: 392) Epitype: BM; algal box collection 1658 (Woelkerling & Irvine 2007: 230) Notes: Woelkerling and Irvine (2007) note that the neotype (collected at Hannafore Point, West Looe, Conwall) of Woelkerling and Irvine (1986b) has to be superseded because ICBN rules governing the selection of types have changed. The 1768 illustration designated as lectotype does not provide sufficient anatomical or reproductive information to allow unequivocal identification at genus or species levels. Therefore, the unacceptable neotype of Mesophyllum lichenoides(J. Ellis) Me. Lemoine (BM: Algal Box Collection 1658, barcode 000568779BM) is designated as epitype.

Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), like a lichen.

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Created: 24 October 1998 by M.D. Guiry.

Last updated: 04 October 2017

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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 04 October 2017. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 04 June 2023

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