Phyllitis zosterifolia Reinke 1889

Planosiphon zosterifolius (Reinke) McDevit & G.W.Saunders

Current name: Planosiphon zosterifolius (Reinke) McDevit & G.W.Saunders
over Ralfsia verrucosa, Ria de A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, 2013Ignacio Bárbara (

Publication Details
Phyllitis zosterifolia Reinke 1889: 61

Published in: Reinke, J. (1889). Algenflora der westlichen Ostsee deutschen Antheils. Eine systematisch-pflanzengeographische Studie. Bericht der Kommission zur Wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung der deutschen Meere in Kiel 6: [i-] iii-xi, 1-101, 8 figs, map.

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Type Species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Phyllitis is Phyllitis fascia (O.F.Müller) Kützing.

Status of Name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Planosiphon zosterifolius (Reinke) McDevit & G.W.Saunders.

Type Information
Syntype localities: "Skagerrack. Englische Küste. Cherbourg" [Skagerrak, England, France]; (Reinke 1889: 61) Notes: According to McDevitt & Saunders (2017: 659) the type locality is "Kieler Hafen, Germany". However, Reinke (1889: 61) considered his species as a "nomen novum" for "Phyllitis Fascia Le Jolis Liste pag. 68; Phyllitis Fascia Le Jolis Exsicc. No. 175; Phyllitis Fascia Rabenh. Exsicc. No. 1514; Phyllitis Fascia Holmes Exsicc. No. 43. Ilea Fascia Arksch. Exsicc. No. 96, das Exemplar mit ganz schmalem Thallus." Accordingly, these are all syntypes and a lectotype should be selected from amongst Reinke's copies of these exsiccatae, presumably at Kiel. Reinke (1889: 61) mentions populations on "... stones and stakes of the litoral region, much rarer than before ... Kiel Harbour at Moltenort!" from which a type could be selected if materials have survived.

Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), with leaves like the genus Zostera, a sea-grass.

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Created: 29 October 1998 by M.D. Guiry.

Last updated: 05 July 2017

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