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Gelidium capense (S.G.Gmelin) P.C.Silva 1987

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Biliphyta
Phylum Rhodophyta
Subphylum Eurhodophytina
Class Florideophyceae
Subclass Rhodymeniophycidae
Order Gelidiales
Family Gelidiaceae
Genus Gelidium


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Gelidium capense (S.G.Gmelin) P.C.Silva
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Gelidium capense (S.G.Gmelin) P.C.Silva
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Publication details
Gelidium capense (S.G.Gmelin) P.C.Silva in P.C.Silva, E.G.Meñez & Moe 1987: 26

Published in: Silva, P.C., Meñez, E.G. & Moe, R.L. (1987). Catalog of the benthic marine algae of the Philippines. Smithsonian Contributions to Marine Sciences 27: [i-ii] iii-iv, 1-179, 2 figs, 1 table.
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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 capensis S.G.Gemelin

Type information
Type locality: Cape of Good Hope (Silva & al. 1996: 134).

Homotypic Synonym(s)
Fucus capensis S.G.Gemelin 1768

Heterotypic Synonym(s)
Gelidium coarctatum Kützing 1868

Nomenclatural notes
According to Silva, Basson & Moe (1996: 135), specimens of this this species from the Indian Ocean have “... usually but incorrectly been called Gelidium cartilagineum (L.) Gaillon or G. versicolor (S. Gmelin) Lamouroux.” Dixon (1967) showed that Fucus cartilagineus Linnaeus (1753: 1161) is referable to Plocamium and considered Fucus versicolor S. Gmelin (1768: 158) the earliest name for this species of Gelidium. However, as shown by P. Silva (in P. Silva, Meñez, & Moe, 1987: 26), F. versicolor is a superfluous [and thus illegitimate] name for Fucus abrotanifolius (Linnaeus, 1753: 1161), which in turn is referable to Cystoseira. The earliest available name is this F. capensis.”

Taxonomic notes
According to Silva et al. (1996: 135), the name Gelidium asperum has been misapplied to this species by several authors; the name Gelidium cartilagineum has been misapplied to this species by several authors; the name Gelidium corneum has been misapplied to this species by Barton (1893: 172 (Krauss record)); the name Gelidium robustum has been misapplied to this species by Stegenga (1988: 383); the name Gelidium versicolor has been misapplied to this species by several authors

General environment
This is a marine species.

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Key references
Athanasiadis, A. (2016). Phycologia Europaea Rhodophyta Vol. I. pp. [i]-xxxxviii, 1-762. Thessaloniki: Published and distributed by the author.

Iha, C., O'Shaughnessy, K.A., Guimarães, S.M.P.B., Oliveira, M.C. & Freshwater, D.W. (2016). Taxonomic reappraisal of Gelidium coarctacum (Gelidiales, Rhodophyta) and Gelidium lineare sp. nov. from the tropical western Atlantic. Phycologia 55(5): 555-563.

Norris, R.E. (1992). The marine red algae of Natal, South Africa: order Gelidiales (Rhodophyta). Mem. Bot. Survey S. Afr. 61: (iii +) 43, 22 figs.

Santelices, B. (1999). Patterns of carposporangial production among species of Gelidium (Gelidiales, Rhodophyta). In: Taxonomy of Economic Seaweeds with reference to some Pacific species Vol. VII. (Abbott, I.A. Eds) Vol.7, pp. 55-69. La Jolla, California: California Sea Grant College System.

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