Gelidium pulchellum (Turner) Kützing 1868

Gelidium pulchellum (Turner) Kützing

Current name: Gelidium pulchellum (Turner) Kützing
Spiddal, Co. Galway, Ireland; epiphyte on Corallina officinalis - 19 June 2020. M.D. Guiry

Publication Details
Gelidium pulchellum (Turner) Kützing 1868: 18

Published in: Kützing, F.T. (1868). Tabulae phycologicae; oder, Abbildungen der Tange. Vol. XVIII pp. [i-iii], 1-35, 100 pls. Nordhausen: Gedruckt auf kosten des Verfassers (in commission bei W. Köhne).

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Type Species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Gelidium is Gelidium corneum (Hudson) J.V.Lamouroux.

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

Fucus corneus var. pulchellus Turner

Type Information
England: Devon: Sidmouth.;

Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), beautiful and little (Stearn 1973).

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Cartilaginous, regularly or irregularly bipinnate, dark red-brown fronds, 50-100 mm high, arising from a creeping base. Main axes narrow, cylindrical, somewhat flattened above. Ultimate branches short, pointed at first, later ± spathulate, particularly when reproductive. Appearance variable with habitat and time of year.

Abundant in and around tidal pools in mid- and lower intertidal in high-light situations. Generally epiphytic on Corallina officinalis. Widely distributed, common.

Key Characteristics
Pinnate branching, mid- and lower-intertidal low-light habitats, and slighly flattened main axis.

Similar Species
Gelidium latifolium is more flattened and more regularly pinnately branched and occurs in lower-shore habitats and in the subtidal.

Created: 30 March 1996 by M.D. Guiry.

Last updated: 04 January 2016

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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 04 January 2016. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 28 February 2024

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