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Polysiphonia japonica Harvey 1857

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Biliphyta
Phylum Rhodophyta
Subphylum Eurhodophytina
Class Florideophyceae
Subclass Rhodymeniophycidae
Order Ceramiales
Family Rhodomelaceae
Tribe Polysiphonieae
Genus Polysiphonia


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Polysiphonia japonica Harvey
1. Habit. 2. Fragment with cystocarps. 3. Plants epiphytic on Chorda filum, cast ashore (Qingdao Сity, the Yellow Sea, China), October 2008.. © E.A.Titlyanov et al..

Polysiphonia japonica Harvey
Peter the Great Bay, Russia. 01 Jan 0001. Oksana Belous. © Oksana Belous (ksu_bio@mail.ru).

Polysiphonia japonica Harvey
Peter the Great Bay, Russia. 28 Mar 2012. Oksana Belous. © Oksana Belous (ksu_bio@mail.ru).

Polysiphonia japonica Harvey
1. Habit. 2. Fragment with cystocarps. 3. Plants epiphytic on Chorda filum, cast ashore (Qingdao ity, Yellow Sea, China).. 28 Feb 2012. Eduard and Tamara Titlyanova (etitlyanov@mail.ru). © Eduard and Tamara Titlyanova (etitlyanov@mail.ru).


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Neosiphonia japonica (Harvey) M.-S.Kim & I.K.Lee 1. Habit. 2. Fragment with cystocarps. 3. Plants epiphytic on Chorda filum, cast ashore (Qingdao ity, Yellow Sea, China).
© Eduard and Tamara Titlyanova (etitlyanov@mail.ru)

Publication details
Polysiphonia japonica Harvey in M.C. Perry 1857: 331

Published in: Harvey, W.H. (1857 '1856'). Algae. In: Account of the Botanical specimens. (Gray, A., ed) Narrative of the expedition of an American squadron to the China Seas and Japan, performed in the years 1852, 1853 and 1854, under the command of Commodore M.C. Perry, United States Navy. Volume II - with illustrations. (Anon. Eds), pp. 331-332. Washington: Senate of the Thirty-third Congress, Second Session, Executive Document. House of Representatives.
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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 currently regarded as a synonym of Melanothamnus japonicus (Harvey) Díaz-Tapia & Maggs

Type information
Type locality: Hakodate (Masuda & al. 1995: 198). Lectotype: Dr J. Morrow; May 1854; TCD (Masuda & al. 1995: 198, fig. 28). Notes: TCD 11905 (Díaz-Tapia, 2017).

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

No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.

General environment
This is a marine species.

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Source of current name
Díaz-Tapia, P., McIvor, L., Freshwater, D.W., Verbruggen, H., Wynne, M.J. & Maggs, C.A. (2017). The genera Melanothamnus Bornet & Falkenberg and Vertebrata S.F. Gray constitute well-defined clades of the red algal tribe Polysiphonieae (Rhodomelaceae, Ceramiales). European Journal of Phycology 52(1): 1-20, 77 figs.

Key references
Kloczcova, N.G. (1996). Flora vodoroslei makrofitov Tatarskogo Proliva i osobennosti ee formirovanija [Macrophyte algal flora of Tatars Gulf (Sea of Japan) and peculiarities of its formation]. pp. 1-289. Vladivostock: Dalnauka. [in Russian]

Masuda, M., Kudo, T., Kawaguchi, S. & Guiry, M.D. (1995). Lectotypification of some marine red algae described by W. H. Harvey from Japan. Phycological Research 43: 191-202, 34 figs.

Created: 12 April 1998 by M.D. Guiry

Verified by: 15 May 2017 by G.M. Guiry

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Kudo, T. & Masuda, M. (1986). A taxonomic study of Polysiphonia japonica Harvey and P. akkeshiensis Segi (Rhodophyta). Japanese Journal of Phycology 34: 293-310.
Sawada, T., Koga, S. & Uchiyama, S. (1972). Some observations on carpospore adherence in Polysiphonia japonica Harvey. Sci. Bull. Fac. Agr. Kyushu Univ. 26: 223-226.
Yoon, H.-Y. (1987). Cortication as a taxonomic character in Polysiphonia japonica Harvey (Rhophyta). Korean Journal of Phycology 2(2): 203-209, 2 figs. [in Korean]
Yoon, H.Y. & West, J. (1990). Comparative morphology and hybridization of Polysiphonia acuminata from California and P. japonica var. japonica from Korea. Korean Journal of Phycology 5(1): 51-56, A-K figs, 2 tables.

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G.M. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2021. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 27 September 2021.

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