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Osmundaria melvillii (J.Agardh) R.E.Norris 1991

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


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Osmundaria melvillii (J.Agardh) R.E.Norris
Tanzania. Katrin Østerlund. © Katrin Oesterlund (Katrin.Osterlund@uadm.uu.se).

Osmundaria melvillii (J.Agardh) R.E.Norris
KwaZulu-Natal. Frederic Leliaert. © Frederik Leliaert (Frederik.Leliaert@ugent.be).


Gelidium supradecompositum Kützing

Osmundaria melvillii (J.Agardh) R.E.Norris Tanzania
© Katrin Oesterlund (Katrin.Osterlund@uadm.uu.se)

Publication details
Osmundaria melvillii (J.Agardh) R.E.Norris 1991: 10, figs 10-19

Published in: Norris, R.E. (1991). The structure, reproduction and taxonomy of Vidalia and Osmundaria (Rhodophyta, Rhodomelaceae). Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 106: 1-40, 60 figs.

Type species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Osmundaria is Osmundaria prolifera J.V.Lamouroux.

Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Vidalia melvillii (J.Agardh) F.Schmitz

Amansia melvillii J.Agardh

Type information
Type locality: Mauritius (Silva & al. 1996: 532).

No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.

Taxonomic notes
Huisman (2018: 580) notes "Falkenberg (1901: 430-431) placed V. melvillii in synonymy with V. fimbriata (J.V.Lamour.) J.Agardh (type locality: Northern Australia). However, Norris (op. cit. 23) regarded them as distinct and listed the features he felt separated the two (both as Osmundaria). These included broader axes (to 5 mm in V. melvillii, 1-2 mm in V. fimbriata) and the reproductive structures restricted to the margins in V. fimbriata. The N.W.A. specimens fall within Norris's 2019 concept of V. melvillii." - (10 Oct 2018) - M.D. Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

Detailed distribution with sources
(as Osmundaria melvillii (J.Agardh) R.E.Norris)
Western Atlantic: Trop. & Subtrop. W. Atlantic (Wynne 2017).

Africa: Kenya (Silva & al. 1996, Bolton, Oyieke & Gwanda 2007), Madagascar (Silva & al. 1996), Mauritius (Silva & al. 1996), Mozambique (Silva & al. 1996), South Africa (Silva & al. 1996, De Clerck, Tronchin & Schils 2005), Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar) (Silva & al. 1996, Oliveira, Österlund & Mtolera 2005).

Middle East: Oman (Wynne 2018).

South-east Asia: Indonesia (Atmadja & Prud'homme van Reine 2012).

Australia and New Zealand: Western Australia (Huisman & Borowitzka 2003).

Source of current name
Schmitz, F. (1895). Marine Florideen von Deutsch-Ostafrica. Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 21: 137-177.

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Verified by: 10 October 2018 by M.D. Guiry

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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2021. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 17 October 2021.

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