Phyllophora crispa (Hudson) P.S.Dixon 1964

Phyllophora crispa (Hudson) P.S.Dixon

Current name: Phyllophora crispa (Hudson) P.S.Dixon
Spiddal, Co. Galway, Ireland; sandy lagoons at MLWN - 22 March 2002. Michael Guiry (

Publication Details
Phyllophora crispa (Hudson) P.S.Dixon 1964: 56

Published in: Dixon, P.S. (1964). Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes on the Florideae. IV. Botaniska Notiser 117: 56-78, 2 figs.

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Type Species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Phyllophora is Phyllophora rubens (Linnaeus) Greville.

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

Fucus crispus Hudson

Type Information
Type locality: England; (Dixon & Irvine 1977: 222) Lectotype: BM-SL; (Dixon & Irvine 1977: 222) Notes: Typified by Dixon (1964, fig. 2).

Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), crisped, irregularly waved and twisted (Stearn 1983).

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Membranous, flat, bright red fronds, to 150 mm high, irregularly dichotomously branched. Small discoid base and short (less than 10 mm) cylindrical tipe. Bladses with rounded apices, crisped parallel margins, segments shortly stalked with indistinct midrib. Fronds generally encrusted with the circular tube-forming worm Spirorbis, bryozoans, epiphytic algae, etc.

Frequent in shady pools in lower intertidal and on rock subtidally to 30 m.

Similar Species
A northern species, Coccotylus truncatus (Pallas) Wynne et Heine (formerly Phyllophora truncata) is frequent inwestern Scotland, and in the north of England and Wales to Durham and Anglesey; it is occasionally found in western Ireland south to Achill Island and Clare Island. This species is easily distinguished by its gradually expanding stipe.

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

Last updated: 17 February 2020

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