Conferva linum O.F.Müller 1778

Chaetomorpha linum (O.F.Müller) Kützing

Current name: Chaetomorpha linum (O.F.Müller) Kützing
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Publication Details
Conferva linum O.F.Müller 1778: 7, pl. DCCLXXI [771]: fig. 2 (as 'Linum')

Published in: Müller, O.F. (1778). Flora danica. Vol. 5 (fasc. 13) pp. 8, pls 721-780. Havniae [Copenhagen].

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Type Species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Conferva is Conferva rupestris Linnaeus.

Status of Name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Chaetomorpha linum (O.F.Müller) Kützing.

Type Information
Syntype localities: "Sinus Nascovienses, & Rödbyenses Lalandiae minus profundos occupat." [Nakskov and Rødby, Denmark]; (Müller 1778: 7) Notes: According to Womersley (1984: 176) the type is from Lolland, Denmark and is probably lost. Syntypes: Nakskov and Rødby, Denmark (Silva et al. 1996). Nakskov is in the Lolland municipality in Region Sjælland on the western coast of the island of Lolland in south Denmark. Rødby is a town and a former municipality (Danish, kommune) also on the island of Lolland.

Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), flax (Lewis & Short 1890).

General Environment
This is a marine species.

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

Last updated: 10 March 2023

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