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Codium bursa (Linnaeus) C.Agardh 1817

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Viridiplantae
Infrakingdom Chlorophyta infrakingdom
Phylum Chlorophyta
Subphylum Chlorophytina
Class Ulvophyceae
Order Bryopsidales
Family Codiaceae
Genus Codium


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Codium bursa (Linnaeus) C.Agardh
Selce, northern Croatia. 26 Mar 2011. Mat Vestjens & Anne Frijsinger. © Mat Vestjens & Anne Frijsinger (annenmat@natuurlijkmooi.net).

Codium bursa (Linnaeus) C.Agardh
Bari, Italy. Gianni Felicini. © Gianni Felicini (gfelih@alice.it).

Codium bursa (Linnaeus) C.Agardh
Bari, Italy. Gianni Felicini. © Gianni Felicini (gfelih@alice.it).

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Codium bursa (Linnaeus) C.Agardh upper subtidal, Marseille, France, 2011
© Ignacio Bárbara (barbara@udc.es)

Publication details
Codium bursa (Linnaeus) C.Agardh 1817: xxiv

Published in: Agardh, C.A. (1817). Synopsis algarum Scandinaviae, adjecta dispositione universali algarum. pp. [i]-xl, [1]-135. Lundae [Lund]: Ex officina Berlingiana.
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Publication date: Mai-Dec 1817 (p. vii: i Mai 1817)

Type species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Codium is Codium tomentosum Stackhouse.

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

Alcyonium bursa Linnaeus

Type information
Type locality: "in O. Europaeo." (Silva & al. 1996: 898).

Origin of species name
Noun (Latin), A genus name used by C. Bauhin; also a purse; originally an oxhide, animal skin (Newton 1931).

Homotypic Synonym(s)
Alcyonium bursa Linnaeus 1758
Lamarckia bursa (Linnaeus) Olivi 1792
Fucus bursa (Linnaeus) Turner 1809
Myrsidrum bursa (Linnaeus) Rafinesque 1810
Agardhia bursa (Linnaeus) Ant.Cabrera 1823

Nomenclatural notes
The type of Alcyonium bursa Linnaeus was considered to be the basionym for a sponge, Weberella bursa (L.) (M. Spencer-Jones in Spencer, Irvine & Jarvis (2009: 239). However, Van Soest & Plotkin (2021: 196) concluded "(a) Alcyonium bursa Linnaeus, 1758 is NOT the basionym for a sponge, as Linnaeus's references do not contain any recognisable sponge. (b) The sole extant original material is NOT an illustration in Ellis (1755), because this is preceded by a clearly different illustration in J. Bauhinus (1651), volume III, page 794. It is illogical and unreasonable to select Linnaeus's fourth reference in preference over the first reference (and two additional supporting references). (c) The illustrations in plate 17, figs B,C,D in Ellis (1755) depict clearly a tunicate, NOT a sponge. The statement of Spencer et al. (2009) cited above is thus contradictory. (d) The correct authorship for Codium bursa would seem to be Linnaeus, 1758, not Olivi, 1792. Olivi's authorship was erroneously promoted under ICBN Art. 58.1, because the basionym was assigned to a metazoan (either sponge or tunicate) based on an unsupported personal communication. (e) The true author for the sponge Weberella bursa is Vosmaer, 1885, and his specimens represent the type material." - (28 May 2008) - M.D. Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

Common names

(as Codium bursa (Linnaeus) C.Agardh)
English: Green Sponge Ball (Bunker & al. 2010).

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Key references
Braune, W. (2008). Meeresalgen. Ein Farbbildführer zu den verbreiteten benthischen Grün- Braun- und Rotalgen der Weltmeere. pp. [1]-596, pls 1-266 (colour photographs). Ruggell: A.R.G. Gantner Verlag.

Brodie, J., Maggs, C.A. & John, D.M. (2007). Green seaweeds of Britain and Ireland. pp. [i-v], vi-xii, 1-242, 101 figs. London: British Phycological Society.

Burrows, E.M. (1991). Seaweeds of the British Isles. Volume 2. Chlorophyta. pp. [i]-xi, [1]-238, 60 figs, 9 pls. London: Natural History Museum Publications.

Cormaci, M., Furnari, G., & Alongi, G. (2014). Flora marina bentonica del Mediterraneo: Chlorophyta. Bollettino dell'Accademia Gioenia di Scienze Naturali di Catania 47: 11-436.

Funk, G. (1955). Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Meeresalgen von Neapel: Zugleich mikrophotographischer Atlas. Pubblicazioni della Stazione Zoologica di Napoli 25(Suppl.): i-x , 1-178, 36 figs.

Nizamuddin, M. (1991). The green marine algae of Libya. pp. 1-230. Bern: El-Faateh University, Department of Botany.

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..

Sfriso, A. (2011). Chlorophyta multicellulari e fanerogame acquatiche. Ambiente di transizione italiani e litorali adiacenti. pp. [1]-318, pls 1-94. Bologna: Arpa Emilia-Romagna.

Van Soest, R.W.M. & Plotkin, A. (2021). Alcyonium bursa Linnaeus, 1758 is not a sponge. Zootaxa 4951(1): 193-200, 3 figs.

Created: 31 March 1996 by M.D. Guiry

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Jurd, K., Rogers, D.J. & McLellan, D.S. (1992). Anticoagulant activities from Codium bursa and C. vermilara. British Phycological Journal 27: 95.
Vidondo, B. & Duarte, C.M. (1998). Population, structure, dynamics, and production of the Mediterranean macroalga Codium bursa (Chlorophyceae). Journal of Phycology 34: 918-924, 7 figs.

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