Medusa scintillans Macartney 1810

Noctiluca scintillans (Macartney) Kofoid & Swezy

Current name: Noctiluca scintillans (Macartney) Kofoid & Swezy
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Publication Details
Medusa scintillans Macartney 1810: 265, pl. 15: figs 9-10

Published in: Macartney, J. (1810). Observations upon luminous animals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 100: 258-293.

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Type Species
A type species for this genus does not appear to have been designated.

Status of Name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Noctiluca scintillans (Macartney) Kofoid & Swezy.

Type Information
Type locality: Herne Bay, Kent, England; (Macartney 1810: 264) Notes: "I first met with these animals in the month of October 1804, at Herne Bay, a small watering place upon the northern coast of Kent."

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Created: 21 September 2002 by M.D. Guiry.

Last updated: 04 December 2014

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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 04 December 2014. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 04 June 2023

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