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Hydrolithon improcerum (Foslie & M.Howe) Foslie 1909

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Biliphyta
Phylum Rhodophyta
Subphylum Eurhodophytina
Class Florideophyceae
Subclass Corallinophycidae
Order Corallinales
Family Hydrolithaceae
Subfamily Hydrolithoideae
Genus Hydrolithon


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Hydrolithon improcerum (Foslie & M.Howe) Foslie
Cape Peron, Western Australia. J.M. Huisman. © J.M. Huisman.


Poteriodendron petiolatum var. abbottii (A.Stokes) Playfair

Porolithon improcerum (Foslie & M.Howe) M.Howe Cape Peron, Western Australia
© J.M. Huisman

Publication details
Hydrolithon improcerum (Foslie & M.Howe) Foslie 1909: 55

Published in: Foslie, M. (1909). Algologiske notiser VI. Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs Skrifter 1909(2): 1-63.
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Type species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Hydrolithon is Hydrolithon reinboldii (Weber Bosse & Foslie) Foslie.

Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Porolithon improcerum (Foslie & M.Howe) M.Howe

Goniolithon improcerum Foslie & M.Howe

Type information
Type locality: Montego Bay, Jamaica (Womersley 1996: 258). Holotype: M.A.Howe no. 4760b; 5.i.1907; on a littoral reef. TRH A14-752 (Woelkerling & al. 2005: 111). Notes: Illustrated by Townsend & Adey (1990).

No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.

Taxonomic notes
According to Womersley (1996: 259), this is closely related to Lithoporella melobesioides and further studies are needed to evaluate this. - (20 Apr 2009) - Wendy Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

On Botryocladia, Cladostephus, Caulocystis sp., and Dictyota sp.; also on rock (Womersley 1996: 259).

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Source of current name
Da Gama Bahia, R., Menezes Amado Filho, G., Azvedo, J. & Maneveldt, G.W. (2014). Porolithon improcerum (Porolithoideae, Corallinaceae) and Mesophyllum macroblastum (Melobesioideae, Hapalidiaceae): new records of crustose coralline red algae for the Southwest Atlantic Ocean. Phytotaxa 190: 38-44.

Key references
Penrose, D.L. (1996). Genus Hydrolithon (Foslie) Foslie 1909: 55. In: The Marine benthic flora of South Australia. Rhodophyta. Part IIIB, Gracilariales, Rhodymeniales, Corallinales and Bonnemaisoniales. (Womersley, H.B.S. Eds), pp. 255-266. Canberra: Australian Biological Resources Study.

Townsend, R.A. & Adey, W.H. (1990). Morphology of the Caribbean alga: Goniolithon improcerum Foslie et Howe in Foslie (Corallinaceae, Rhodophyceae). Botanica Marina 33: 99-116.

Wynne, M.J. (2005). A check-list of benthic marine algae of the tropical and subtropical western Atlantic: second revision. Beihefte zur Nova Hedwigia 129: 1-152.

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