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Amphidinium herdmanii Kofoid & Swezy 1921

Publication details
Amphidinium herdmanii Kofoid & Swezy 1921: 143, text fig. U, 2 (as 'herdmani' )

Published in: Kofoid, C.A. & Swezy, O. (1921). The free-living unarmored Dinoflagellata. Memoirs of the University of California 5: i-viii, 1-562.
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Type species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Amphidinium is Amphidinium operculatum Claparède & Lachmann.

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

Type information
Type locality: On sandy beach, Port Erin, Isle of Man, Irish Sea (Index Nominum Algarum).

Named for Sir William Abbott Herdman, University of Liverpool.

No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.

Nomenclatural notes
Robin Raine writes (7 November 2011): 'Sir William Abbott Herdman was a marine scientist of note, holding a senior position in the University of Liverpool and he became an FRS in the 1890s. Recently, sparked by an interest in literature review from a 4th year, I got copies of his annual reports of the Liverpool Marine Biology Committee of 1912 and 1913 where he refers to brown patches on Isle of Man sands and high densities of Amphidinium operculatum. He had published this "properly" in 1911 [in Nature and J. Linn. Soc. (Zool.)] but it is in the annual reports where there are a lot of drawings It is these references which are quoted by Kofoid (Kofoid and Swezy 1921 p.143), who on the basis of certain differences between their idea of A. operculatum and the diagrams of (W.A.) Herdman in the annual reports renamed the species described and drawn by (W.A.) Herman as A. herdmani (sic).
E.C. (Catherine) Herdman was William Herdman's daughter. Within the dinoflagellate world she is probably better known for her Amphidinium descriptions from Port Erin sands published from 1922-1924. This series contained descriptions of quite a few new dinoflagellate species.
There is no mention of Catherine Herdman in Kofoid's A. herdmani sp. nov. page. It is full of references to William's work. Unless Kofoid was familiar with the existence of Catherine, and/or was big buddy-buddies with William, or there is a letter floating around by Kofoid to William saying he named the species after Catherine, then, surely, Kofoid was naming the species after William, and therefore "herdmanii" is the correct epithet.' - (7 Nov 2011) - M.D. Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

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Key references
Dodge, J.D. (1982). Marine dinoflagellates of the British Isles. pp. 1-303, 35 figs, pls I-VIII. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

Hoppenrath, M., Murray, S.A., Chomérat, N. & Horiguchi, T. (2014). Marine benthic dinoflagellates - unravelling their worldwide biodiversity. Kleine Senckenberg-Reihe Vol. 54. pp. [1]-276. Frankfurt am Main & Stuttgar: V. Mosbrugger & E. Schweizerbartsche Verlagsbuchhandlung.

Lindberg, K., Moestrup, Ø & Daugbjerg, N. (2005). Studies on woloszynskioid dinoflagellates I: Woloszynskia coronata re-examined using light and electron microscopy and partial LSU rDNA sequences, with description of Tovellia gen. nov. and Jadwigia gen. nov. (Tovelliaceae fam. nov.). Phycologia 44: 416-440.

Murray, S. & Patterson, D.J. (2002). The benthic dinoflagellate genus Amphidinium in south-eastern Australian waters, including three new species. British Phycological Journal 37: 279-298.

Schiller, J. (1932). Dinoflagellatae (Peridineae). In: Dr. L. Rabenhosrst's Kryptogamen-Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, 2. Aufl. 10. Bd 3. Abt. 1 Teil. (Kolkwitz, R. Eds), pp. 257-432. Leipzig: Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft M.B.H.

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M.D. 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 18 April 2021.

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