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Polysiphonia mollis J.D.Hooker & Harvey 1847

Publication details
Polysiphonia mollis J.D.Hooker & Harvey in Harvey 1847: 43

Published in: Harvey, W.H. (1847). 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 1]. pp. i-viii, 1-64, pls I-XXV. London: Reeve Brothers.
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Type species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Polysiphonia is Polysiphonia urceolata (Lightfoot ex Dillwyn) Greville.

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

Type information
Type locality: Georgetown, Tasmania (Lipkin & Silva 2002: 39). Lectotype: Gunn; on larger algae. BM "Gunn 1316" (lower specimen) (Womersley 2003: 184). Notes: Isolectotype (upper specimen of "Gunn 1316") is attached to a Eucalyptus leaf. Lipkin & Silva (2002) give the following data: lectotype ("Gunn 1316") in BM (ex K), isotypes in BM (ex K), TCD (see Womersley 1979: 477).

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

Heterotypic Synonym(s)
Polysiphonia flavescens Zanardini 1874

Nomenclatural notes
Polysiphonia mollis Hooker & Harvey ex Harvey 1847: 43 (Womersley 2003: 183). - (28 Jan 2009) - Wendy Guiry

Taxonomic notes
South & Skelton (2003: 740) cite Polysiphonia mollis var. tongatensis (Harvey ex Kützing) Hollenberg 1968a and Polysiphonia tongatensis Harvey ex Kützing 1864 as synonyms of this species.

Distributional notes
Womersley (2003: 184) considers it unlikely that P. mollis occurs outside southern Australia. - (11 Jun 2010) - Wendy Guiry

Habitat notes
Widespread in warm and warm-temperate seas. On many algal species in all photophilic communities in shallow waters (Lipkin & Silva 2002). - (11 Jun 2010) - Wendy Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

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Key references
Hollenberg, G.J. (1961). Marine red algae of Pacific Mexico, Part 5: The genus Polysiphonia. Pacific Naturalist 2: 345-375, 7 plates.

Womersley, H.B.S. (2003). The marine benthic flora of southern Australia - Part IIID Ceramiales - Delesseriaceae, Sarcomeniaceae, Rhodomelaceae. pp. [1]-533, 226 figs, 2 pls. Canberra & Adelaide: Australian Biological Resources Study & State Herbarium of South Australia.

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