Polysiphonia simplex Hollenberg 1942: 782, fig. 18
Published in: Hollenberg, G.J. (1942). An account of the species of Polysiphonia on the Pacific coast of North America. I. Oligosiphonia. American Journal of Botany 29: 772-785, 21 figs.
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 simplex (Hollenberg) Díaz-Tapia & Maggs
Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), simple, undivided, unbranched, of one piece or series, not consisting of several distinct parts (Stearn 1973).
No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.
According to Dawson (1944) several Gulf of California plants are tentatively to be placed here, though the segments are much shorter than those in typical southern California specimens.
This is a marine species.
Type locality: Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, U.S.A (Dawson 1944: 331). Holotype: 14.v.1937; US 61238 (: 9). Notes: Hollenberg's herbarium is now in US.
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.
Abbott, I.A. & Hollenberg, G.J. (1976). Marine algae of California. pp. [i]-xii, 1-827, 701 figs. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.
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