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Chondracanthus harveyanus (Kützing) Guiry

Publication details
Chondracanthus harveyanus (Kützing) Guiry in Hommersand, Guiry, Fredericq & Leister 1993: 115

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 (lectotype) of the genus Chondracanthus is Chondracanthus chauvinii (Bory) Kützing.

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

Mastocarpus harveyanus Kützing

Type information
Type locality: Monterey, Monterey County, California (Hughey & Hommersand 2008: 145). Holotype: Dr T. Coulter; 1831-1833; Leiden L941, 27 26 (Hughey & Hommersand 2008: 145).

Homotypic Synonym(s)
Mastocarpus harveyanus Kützing 1849
Gigartina harveyana (Kützing) Setchell & N.L.Gardner 1933

Heterotypic Synonym(s)
Rhodymenia ciliata var. microphylla Harvey 1833
Gigartina microphylla (Harvey) Harvey 1853
Mammillaria microphylla (Harvey) Kuntze 1891
Gigartina radula f. microphylla (Harvey) Setchell 1899
Gigartina boryi Setchell & N.L.Gardner 1933

General environment
This is a marine species.

Thalli 30-40 cm tall, soft and felt-like, consisting of one or more rusty to rose-red, ligulate blades from a small discoid holdfast; blades 2-7 cm wide and simple, linear-lanceolate, gradually attenuated to a point, or forming marginal outgrowths up to 4-5 mm long, or proliferous, forming bladelets 3-10 cm long and 0.2-1 mm thick; stipitate, the stipe simple or forked, narrowly cuneate to slender and compressed; margins and surface of blades, except the base, covered more or less densely with small, spinose papillae; cortex 4-6 cell layers thick; medullary cells variable in size and shape, 1.5-16 µm in diameter. Cystocarps 300-500 µm in diameter, solitary and pedicellate in the superficial outgrowths that tend, in part, to be flattened or blade-like, or basal, two per papilla, on simple, narrow attenuated papillae; carposporeangia subspherical, 12-18 µm in diameter. Spermatangial sori superficial, indefinite on the bases and blades of slender, elongate papillae terminated by thin acute tips. Tetrasporangial sori small, 250-350 mm diameter, ellipsoidal, laterally positioned on elongate papillae; tetrasporangia 38-47 µm in diameter, forming linear rows 6-9 tetrasporangial cells long; released through a pore in the outer wall.

Low intertidal to subtidal, associated with sand in moderately sheltered sites

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Key references
Hughey, J.R. & Hommersand, M.H. (2008). Morphological and molecular systematic study of Chondracanthus (Gigartinaceae, Rhodophyta) from Pacific North America. Phycologia 47: 124-155.

Schubert, N., Garcia-Mendoza, E. & Pacheco-Ruiz, I. (2006). Carotenoid composition of marine red algae. Journal of Phycology 42: 1208-1216.

Created: 10 February 1998 by M.D. Guiry

Verified by: 27 April 2008 by M.D. Guiry

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Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2019. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 13 December 2019.

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