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Mazzaella japonica (Mikami) Hommersand

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Biliphyta
Phylum Rhodophyta
Subphylum Eurhodophytina
Class Florideophyceae
Subclass Rhodymeniophycidae
Order Gigartinales
Family Gigartinaceae
Genus Mazzaella


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Mazzaella japonica (Mikami) Hommersand
1. Habit. 2. Transverse section of the plant. Cast ashore (Dalian City Vicinity, China), October 2008. 3. In habitat (Peter the Great Bay, the Sea of Japan, Russia), August 2011.. © E.A.Titlyanov et al..


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Mazzaella japonica (Mikami) Hommersand 1. Habit. 2. Transverse section of the plant. Cast ashore (Dalian City Vicinity, China), October 2008. 3. In habitat (Peter the Great Bay, the Sea of Japan, Russia), August 2011.
© E.A.Titlyanov et al.

Publication details
Mazzaella japonica (Mikami) Hommersand in Hommersand, Guiry, Fredericq & Leister 1993: 110

Published in: Hommersand, M.H., Guiry, M.D., Fredericq, S. & Leister, G.L. (1993). New perspectives in the taxonomy of the Gigartinaceae (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta). Proceedings of the International Seaweed Symposium 14: 105-120, 41 figs.
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Type species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Mazzaella is Mazzaella californica (J.Agardh) G.De Toni.

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

Rhodoglossum japonicum Mikami

Type information
Type locality: Oshoro Bay, Shiribeshi Prov., Japan (Mikami 1965: 267). Type: SAP (Hommersand, Guiry, Fredericq & Leister 1993: 110).

Origin of species name
Adjective A (Latin), pertaining to Japan (Stearn 1973).

Homotypic Synonym(s)
Rhodoglossum japonicum Mikami 1965
Gigartina japonica (Mikami) D.H.Kim 1976

Taxonomic notes
Selivanova & Zhigadlova (1997) include this entity in Mazzaella phyllocarpa. Japanese authors continue to mantain it as a separate species.

Distributional notes
Recently, this species has appeared in abundance in beach-cast material along Vancouver Island in the northern Strait of Georgia following strong southeasterly storms (S. Lindstrom, abstract). According to the author, the species resembles Atlantic Chondrus crispus in being abundantly repeatedly dichotomously branched, and local entrepreneurs have applied for and received a permit to harvest "BC moss", as the species has been called. - (14 Dec 2011) - M.D. Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

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Key references
Belous O.C., Titlyanova, T.B. & Titlyanov E.A. (2013). [Marine plants of Trinity Bay and adjacent waters (Peter the Great Bay, Sea of Japan)]. pp. [1]-263. Vladivostok: Dal'nauka. [in Russian]

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]

Saunders, G.W. & Millar, K.R. (2014). A DNA barcode survey of the red algal genus Mazzaella in British Columbia reveals overlooked diversity and new distributional records: descriptions of M. dewreedei sp. nov. and M. macrocarpa sp. nov. Botany 92: 223-231.

Titlyanov E.A., Titlyanova T.V. & Belous O.S. (2016). Useful marine plants of the Asia-Pacific Region countries. pp. 1-348, Many col. photo. Vladivostok: Dalnauka. [in Russian and English]

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