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Martensia elegans Hering

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Biliphyta
Phylum Rhodophyta
Subphylum Eurhodophytina
Class Florideophyceae
Subclass Rhodymeniophycidae
Order Ceramiales
Family Delesseriaceae
Subfamily Nitophylloideae
Tribe Martensieae
Genus Martensia


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Martensia elegans Hering
Plate LII from Okamura's Icones of Japanese Algae. 20 Sep 2010. © Out of copyright.

Martensia elegans Hering
Tanzania. Katrin Østerlund. © Katrin Oesterlund (Katrin.Osterlund@uadm.uu.se).

Martensia elegans Hering
South Africa. Robert Anderson. © Robert Anderson (Robert.Anderson@uct.ac.za).

Martensia elegans Hering
KwaZulu-Natal. Tom Schils. © Tom Schils (tom@schils.be).

Martensia elegans Hering
plate from Harvey (1849). Nereis australis. 11 May 2015.


Martensia elegans Hering KwaZulu-Natal
© Tom Schils (tom@schils.be)

Publication details
Martensia elegans Hering 1841: 92

Published in: Hering, [K.] (1841). Diagnoses algarum novarum a cl. Dre. Ferdinand Krauss in Africa Australi lectarum. Annals and Magazine of Natural History [Series 1] 8: 90-92.
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Type species
This is the type species (holotype) of the genus Martensia.

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

Origin of species name
Adjective B (Latin), elegant (Stearn 1973).

Homotypic Synonym(s)
Capraella elegans (Harvey) J.De Toni 1936
Mesotrema elegans (Hering) Papenfuss 1942
Hemitrema elegans (Hering) M.S.Doty 1954

Heterotypic Synonym(s)
Hemitrema kraussii R.Brown ex Endlicher 1843

Habitat notes
On coralline red alga or on rock substrate (Lin et al. 2009). Prefers habitats well protected from direct sunlight: either in cavelets or under larger algae on rock flats; in coral rock and on Avrainvillea amadelpha (Lipkin & Silva 2002). - (10 Mar 2010) - Wendy Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

Type information
Type locality: Port Natal [Durban, South Africa] (Hering 1841: 92). Lectotype: Ferdinand Krauss; HBG (Lipkin & Silva 2002: 31). Notes: Papenfuss selected a female plant on mica as the Lectotype (Lipkin & Silva, 2002: 31). Lin et al. (2009: 679) give the following data: Lectotype: a cystocarpic plant at BM in the lower left-hand corner on a paper cutout containing six plants carrying the number N. 272 (lower right , barcode BM 000774894) on a herbarium sheet containing a collection referred to by Hering (1841: 92) "as the number prefixed to this species in Dr. Krauss's Fasciculi of Natal Secimens that were forwarded to the Botanical Society of London where they may be consulted on application" (Art.9.2, Vienna Code); Isotypes; the five other plants on the sheet labeled N. 272 (barcode BM 000774894) that contains the lectotype (Art. 9.10, Vienna code).

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Key references
Boo, S.M. & Ko, Y.D. (2012). Marine plants from Korea. pp. [1] 5-233, many col. photographs. Seoul: Marine & Extreme Genome Research Centre Program. [in Korean]

Harvey, W.H. (1849). Nereis australis, or algae of the southern ocean: being figures and descriptions of marine plants, collected on the shores of the Cape of Good Hope, the extra-tropical Australian colonies, Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Antarctic regions; deposited in the Herbarium of the Dublin University. [Part 2]. pp. 65-124 [ends abruptly], pls XXVI-L. London: Reeve Brothers.

Lin, S.-M., Hommersand, M.H., Fredericq, S. & de Clerck, O. (2009). Characterization of Martensia (Delesseriaceae, Rhodophyta) based on a morphological and molecular study of the type species, M. elegans, and M. natalensis sp. nov. from South Africa. Journal of Phycology 45(3): 678-691, 8 figs.

Lipkin, Y. & Silva, P.C. (2002). Marine algae and seagrasses of the Dahlak Archipelago, southern Red Sea. Nova Hedwigia 75(1-2): 1-90, 7 figs.

Millar, A.J.K. (1990). Marine red algae of the Coffs Harbour region, northern New South Wales. Australian Systematic Botany 3: 293-593, 76 figs, 2 tables.

Nam, K.W. & Kang, P.J. (2012). Algal flora of Korea. Volume 4, Number 7 Rhodophyta: Florideophyceae: Ceramiales: Delesseriaceae: 22 genera including Acrosorium. pp. [1-4], 1-129, figs 1-98. Incheon: National Institute of Biological Resources.

Okamura, K. (1909). Icones of Japanese algae. Vol. II pp. 1-20, pls LI-LV. Tokyo: The Author.

Papenfuss, G.F. (1956). Notes on South African marine algae. IV. Journal of South African Botany 22: 65-77.

Wynne, M.J. (2014 '2013'). The red algal families Delesseriaceae and Sarcomeniaceae. pp. [1]-326, 118 figs. Königstein: Koeltz Scientific Books.

Yoshida, T. & Mikami, H. (1996). Observations on Japanese species of the genus Martensia (Delesseriaceae, Rhodophyta), with the description of Neomartensia gen. nov.. Phycological Research 44: 101-106.

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Hering, [K.] (1844). Abbildung und Beschreibung der Martensia elegans, einer neuen Algen-Gattung. Flora 27: 803-806, 1 pl.
Lin, S.-M., Hommersand, M.H., Fredericq, S. & de Clerck, O. (2009). Characterization of Martensia (Delesseriaceae, Rhodophyta) based on a morphological and molecular study of the type species, M. elegans, and M. natalensis sp. nov. from South Africa. Journal of Phycology 45(3): 678-691, 8 figs.

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