Cryptopleura ramosa (Hudson) L.Newton 1931

Cryptopleura ramosa (Hudson) L.Newton

Current name: Cryptopleura ramosa (Hudson) L.Newton
Spiddal, Co. Galway, Ireland; plants in pools in lower shore; gorwing epiphytically on Corallina officinalis - 26 March 2005. Michael Guiry (

Publication Details
Cryptopleura ramosa (Hudson) L.Newton 1931: 332 (as 'ramosum')

Published in: Newton, L. (1931). A handbook of the British seaweeds. pp. [i]-xiii, 1-478, 270 figs. London: The Trustees of the British Museum, British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, S.W.7.

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Type Species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Cryptopleura is Cryptopleura lacerata (S.G.Gmelin) Kützing.

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

Ulva ramosa Hudson

Type Information
Type locality: Lancaster, England; (Silva & al. 1996: 900)

Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), branched, bearing branches (usually many) (Stearn 1973).

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Thin, membranous, brownish red fronds, to 200 mm long. Frond ± dichotomously divided, becoming irregular in upper parts. Frond often iridescent, with undulate, often proliferous margins, sometimes with flattened hooks or with rhizoidal attachment processes. Very variable in growth form.

On rock and Laminaria hyperborea stipes, lower intertidal and subtidal, generally distributed, common.

Key Characteristics
Gonimophyllum buffhamii, a minute parasite, occurs occasionally on subtidal plants on southern and western coasts.

Similar Species
Acrosorium venulosum is less translucent and recurved branches are not as strongly recurved.

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

Last updated: 06 December 2023

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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 06 December 2023. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 21 May 2024

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