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Corallina elongata J.Ellis & Solander 1786

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Biliphyta
Phylum Rhodophyta
Subphylum Eurhodophytina
Class Florideophyceae
Subclass Corallinophycidae
Order Corallinales
Family Corallinaceae
Subfamily Corallinoideae
Tribe Corallineae
Genus Corallina


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Corallina elongata J.Ellis & Solander
Black Hd., Co. Clare, Ireland; lower-shore rocks. 16 Mar 2006. Michael Guiry. © Michael Guiry (mike.guiry@nuigalway.ie).

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Publication details
Corallina elongata J.Ellis & Solander 1786: 119

Published in: Ellis, J. & Solander, D. (1786). The natural history of many curious and uncommon zoophytes, collected from various parts of the globe by the late John Ellis...Systematically arranged and described by the late Daniel Solander, M.D., F.R.S. &c.. pp. [i]-xii, [1]-208, 63 pls. London: Printed for Benjamin White and Son, at Horace's Head, Fleet-Street and Peter Elmsly, in the Strand.
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Type species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Corallina is Corallina officinalis Linnaeus.

Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Ellisolandia elongata (J.Ellis & Solander) K.R.Hind & G.W.Saunders

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

No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.

Nomenclatural notes
"Slender trailing English coralline. Ellis Corallines p. 49. tab. 24. fig. 3."

Taxonomic notes
John et al. (2004) cite Corallina microptera Mont. as a synonym of this species. Treated as taxonomically valid by Athanasiadis (2016: 334).

Distributional notes
"Several samples collected on the Azores had the morphological characters indicative of C. elongata as described in Walker et al. (2009) but were genetically identical to C. caespitosa" (Hind & Saunders, 2013: 110). - (29 Apr 2013) - Wendy Guiry

Habitat notes
Marine, epilithic in pools and hanging from rock faces in both shady and well-illuminated damp sites; lower littoral to upper sublittoral (Brodie et al., 2013). - (19 Aug 2014) - Wendy Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

Whitish-pink to reddish-lilac, calcified, articulated fronds, fish-bone-like arrangement, to 50 mm high, axis compressed, repeatedly pinnate from discoid base, more abundantly and regularly branched than C. officinalis. Articulations small. Revised description (Brodie et al., 2013: 54).

On rock, exposed coasts, lower intertidal, southern and western coasts, occasional.

Type information
Lectotype locality: Cornwall, England (Irvine & Johansen 1994: 41). Lectotype: Ellis (1755), pl. 24, fig. 3 in the absence of a specimen : see below (epitype) (Irvine & Johansen 1994: 41). Notes: An epitype was designated by Brodie et al. (2013, fig. 5; BM001032350): England: South Devon, Plymouth Sound, Renny Rocks, 8 March 2012, leg. Christine A. Maggs (J. Brodie specimen code: JBCorallina 2012-2), at lower littoral, N50:19:07, W4:07:18. Genbank accession numbers: JX315327 [cox1], and JX315328 [rbcL].

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Source of current name
Hind, K.R. & Saunders, G.W. (2013). A molecular phylogenetic study of the tribe Corallineae (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) with an assessment of genus-level taxonomic features and descriptions of novel genera. Journal of Phycology 49(1): 103-114.

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

Bressan, G. & Babbini, L. (2003). Biodiversità marina delle coste Italiane: Corallinales del Mar Mediterraneo: guida all deteminazione. Biologia Marina Mediterranea 10(Suppl. 2): 1-237.

Brodie, J., Walker, R.H., Williamson, C. & Irvine, L.M. (2013). Epitypification and redescription of Corallina officinalis L., the type of the genus, and C. elongata Ellis et Solander (Corallinales, Rhodophyta). Cryptogamie Algologie 34(1): 49-56.

Irvine, L.M. & Johansen, H.W. (1994). Corallinoideae. In: Seaweeds of the British Isles. Volume 1. Rhodophyta. Part 2B. Corallinales, Hildenbrandiales. (Irvine, L.M. & Chamberlain, Y.M. Eds), pp. 37-57. London: HMSO.

Irvine, L.M. & Pueschel, C.M. (1994). Hildenbrandiales. In: Seaweeds of the British Isles Volume 1 Rhodophyta Part 2B. (Irvine, L.M. & Chamberlain, Y.M. Eds) Vol.1(2B), pp. 235-241. London: HMSO.

Loiseaux-de Goër, S. & Noailles, M.-C. (2008). Algues de Roscoff. pp. [1]-215, col. figs. Roscoff: Editions de la Station Biologique de Roscoff.

N'Yeurt, A.D.R. & Payri, C.E. (2010). Marine algal flora of French Polynesia III. Rhodophyta, with additions to the Phaeophyceae and Chlorophyta. Cryptogamie Algologie 31: 3-205.

Rodríguez-Prieto, C., Ballesteros, E., Boisset, F. & Afonso-Carrillo, J. (2013). Guía de las macroalgas y fanerógamas marinas del Mediterráneo occidental. pp. [1]-656. Barcelona: Ediciones Omega, S.A..

Walker, R.H., Brodie, J., Russell, S., Irvine, L.M. & Orfanidis, S. (2009). Biodiversity of coralline algae in the northeastern Atlantic including Corallina caespitosa sp. nov. (Corallinoideae, Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology 45: 287-297.

Created: 16 April 1996 by M.D. Guiry

Verified by: 03 February 2017 by M.D. Guiry

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Algarra, P. & Niell, F.X. (1990). Short-term pigment response of Corallina elongata Ellis et Solander to light intensity. Aquatic Botany 36: 127-138.
Beltrán, M. & Bárbara, I. (2003). Estudio morfológico comparado entre Corallina officinalis y C. elongata (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) en el noroeste de la Península Ibérica. Nova Acta Científica Compostelana (Bioloxía) 13: 5-16.
Brodie, J., Walker, R.H., Williamson, C. & Irvine, L.M. (2013). Epitypification and redescription of Corallina officinalis L., the type of the genus, and C. elongata Ellis et Solander (Corallinales, Rhodophyta). Cryptogamie Algologie 34(1): 49-56.
Esteban, R., Martínez, B., Fernández-Marín, B., Becerril, J.M. & García-Plazaola, I. (2009). Carotenoid composition in Rhodophyta: insights into xanthophyll regulation in Corallina elongata. European Journal of Phycology 44(2): 221-230, 4 figs, 3 tables.
Häder, D-P., Lebert, M. Flores-Moya, A., Jiménez, C., Mercado, S., Salles, S., Aguilera, J. & Figueroa, F.L. (1997). Photosynthesis of the red alga Corallina elongata Ellis et Solander measured in the field under solar radiation. J. Phytochem. Photobiol. B. Biology 37: 196-202.
López-Figueroa, F. & Niell, F.X. (1988). Control by phytochrome and cryptochrome of the chlorophyll a synthesis in the red alga Corallina elongata Ellis et Soland. Rev esp Fisiol 44: 287-294.
Sierra, F. & Fernandez, C. (1984). El horizonte de Corallina elongata Ellis et Soland en la costa central de Asturias (N de España). II: Dinámica de un ciclo anual. Rev. Biol. Univ. Oviedo 2: 131-141.
Sierra, F. & Fernández, C. (1984). El horizonte de Corallina elongata en la costa central de Asturias (N de España). I. Área mínima y distribución espacial. Inv. Pesq. 48(2): 255-268.
Sierra, F. (1983). Estructura y dinámica del horizonte de Corallina elongata Ellis et Solander. Memoria de Licenciatura. : Universidad de Oviedo, 59 pp.
Vergara, J.J. & Niell, F.X. (1993). Effects of nitrate availability and irradiance on internal nitrogen constituents in Corallina elongata (Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology 29: 285-293, 10 figs, 3 tables.
Vergara, J.J. & Niell, F.X. (1995). Short-term variation of internal nitrogen compounds as a function of irradiance in Corallina elongata. Botanica Marina 38: 285-290, 3 figs, 2 tables.

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