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Herposiphonia tenella (C.Agardh) Ambronn 1880

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Biliphyta
Phylum Rhodophyta
Subphylum Eurhodophytina
Class Florideophyceae
Subclass Rhodymeniophycidae
Order Ceramiales
Family Rhodomelaceae
Tribe Herposiphonieae
Genus Herposiphonia


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Herposiphonia tenella (C.Agardh) Ambronn
Tanzania; detail of apex of creeping frond. Eurico Oliveira. © Eurico Oliveira (euricodo@usp.br).

Herposiphonia tenella (C.Agardh) Ambronn
Portugal, Áncora, 2003, microscope. Ignacio Bárbara. © Ignacio Bárbara (barbara@udc.es).

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Myrionema ramulans Skinner & Womersley

Herposiphonia tenella (C.Agardh) Ambronn microscope, Malmousque, Marseille, France, 2011
© Ignacio Bárbara (barbara@udc.es)

Publication details
Herposiphonia tenella (C.Agardh) Ambronn 1880: 197

Published in: Ambronn, H. (1880). Über einige Fälle von Bilateralität bei den Florideen. Botanische Zeitung 38: 161-174, 177-185, 193-200, 209-216, 225-233, Plates III, IV.

Type species
This is the type species (lectotype) of the genus Herposiphonia.

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

Hutchinsia tenella C.Agardh

Type information
Type locality: Sicily (Silva & al. 1996: 499).

Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), delicate (Stearn 1985).

Homotypic Synonym(s)
Hutchinsia tenella C.Agardh 1828
Polysiphonia tenella (C.Agardh) Moris & De Notaris 1839
Herposiphonia secunda f. tenella (C.Agardh) M.J.Wynne 1985

Nomenclatural notes
According to Lawson & John (1987: 314), "Wynne (1985b) has pointed out that Herposiphonia secunda is the correct name for ... H. tenella... . He considers tenella as a form of H. secunda and also proposes the transfer of H. tenella var. densa to it, accepting our opinion that H. densa should be treated as a forma (see Lawson & John, 1982: 333). First valid combination appears to be that of Falkenberg (1901) as early combinations made by Nägeli and by Ambronn were not validly published (see South and Tittley, 1986)."

Taxonomic notes
Furnari et al. (2003) follow Schneider & Searles (1997) and Masuda & Kogame (2000) in considering H. secunda and H. tenella as distinct species.

According to Diaz-Tapia & Bárbara (2013: 338), this is a synonym of Herposiphonia secunda f. tenella. - (24 Jan 2014) - Wendy Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

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Key references
Athanasiadis, A. (2016). Phycologia Europaea Rhodophyta Vol. II. pp. [2], 763-1504. Thessaloniki: Published and distributed by the author.

Díaz-Tapia, P. & Bárbara, I. (2013). Seaweeds from sand-covered rocks of the Atlantic Iberian Peninsula. Part. 1. The Rhodomelaceae (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta). Cryptogamie Algologie 34(4): 325-422.

Díaz-Tapia, P., Maggs, C.A., Macaya, E.C. & Verbruggen, H. (2018). Widely distributed red algae often represent hidden introductions, complexes of cryptic species or species with strong phylogeographic structure. Journal of Phycology 54(6): 829-839.

Huisman, J.M. (2019). Marine plants of Australia Revised edition. pp. [i]-xviii, [1]-435, numerous col. figs. Crawley Western Australia: UWA Publishing.

Salavarría Palma, E.A. & Paul, S. (2020). A peep into the transcriptome studies of the industrially important brown algae with special focus on Macrocystis genus. Revista Peruana de Biología 27(1): 49-53.

Serio, D., Alongi, G., Catra, M., Cormaci, M. & Furnari, G. (2006). Changes in the benthic algal flora of Linosa Island (Straits of Sicily, Mediterranean Sea). Botanica Marina 49: 135-144.

Suárez, A.M., Martínez-Daranas, B. & Alfonso, Y. (2015). Macroalgas marinas de Cuba. pp. [1]-264, 229 figs. La Habana [Havana]: UH [Universidad de La Habana] Editorial.

Xia Bangmei [Xia, B.-M.] (2011). Flora algarum marinarum sinicarum Tomus II Rhodophyta No. VII Ceramiales Rhodomelaceae. pp. [i]-xxi, 1-212, pls I-XIII. Beijing: Science Press.

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Verified by: 26 January 2021 by M.D. Guiry

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Annapurna, B. & Rao, B.G.S. (1989). Cytological studies on Herposiphonia tenella. Cytologia 54: 449-453, 2 figs, 2 tables.
Masuda, M. & Kogame, K. (2000). Herposiphonia elongata sp. nov. and H. tenella (Rhodophyta, Ceramiales) from the western Pacific. Cryptogamie, Algologie 21: 177-189.
Schneider, C.W. & Searles, R.B. (1997). Notes on the marine algae of the Bermudas. 2. Some Rhodophyta, including Polysiphonia tongatensis and a discussion on the Herposiphonia secunda/tenella complex. Cryptogamie, Algologie 18: 187-210, 19 figs.

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