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Polysiphonia foetidissima Cocks ex Bornet 1892

Publication details
Polysiphonia foetidissima Cocks ex Bornet 1892: 314

Published in: Bornet, E. (1892). Les algues de P.-K.-A. Schousboe. Mémoires de la Société des Sciences Naturelles et Mathématiques de Cherbourg 28: 165-376, pls I-III.
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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 Vertebrata foetidissima (Cocks ex Bornet) Díaz-Tapia & Maggs

Type information
Lectotype locality: Plymouth, Cornwall, England (Maggs & Hommersand 1993: 336). Lectotype: Cocks; undated (?1855); PC ‘Algarum Fasciculi’, no. 29. Probable Syntypes distributed as this exsiccatum (Maggs & Hommersand 1993: 337). Notes: Lectotype: PC 0146017; Mount Edgcumbe, Plymouth, Cornwall (Diaz-Tapia et al., 2013).

Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), very foul-smelling.

Heterotypic Synonym(s)
Kylinia liagorae (Børgesen) Papenfuss 1947
Polysiphonia tepida Hollenberg 1958
Neosiphonia tepida (Hollenberg) S.M.Guimarães & M.T.Fujii 2004

Nomenclatural notes
Name introduced in Gatty (1863: 164) who says "Specimens under this name having been distributed in Dr. Cocks%u2019 Algarum Fasciculi, it is necessary to mention that Dr. Harvey does not consider it specifically distinct from P. fibrata (fig. 113). It is rather purpler in hue; but whether this arises from anything more than its growing on mud in a harbour, where the water cannot be so pure as on a more open sea, seems doubtful. Its professed habitats are the landing-places on the shore of Mount Edgcumbe, and Torpoint." This does not constitute valid publication of the name as Mrs Gatty merely Harvey's doubts. - (14 Jul 2017) - M.D. Guiry

Taxonomic notes
Bornet clearly distinguishes P. foetidissima from P. stuposa on the basis of the number of siphons in Cocks's material: "M. Hauck considère le P. foetidissima comme synonyme du P. stuposa Zanard. La réunion paraît plausible, cependant M. Kützing dit que sa plante a de 6 à 8 siphons, tandis que dans l'échantillon de Cocks, dans tous ceux que nous avons récoltés en diverses localités, dans ceux que je tiens de M. Hauck luimême, ce nombre varie de 8 à 10, mais ne descend pas audessous de 8." Suárez, Martínez-Daranas & Alfonso (2014: 81) further comment "se sigue el criterio de Díaz et al. (2009) y, por este motivo, se considera que P. foetidissima es diferente a P. stuposa Zanardini ex Kützing, 1864, y que su distribución está restringida al Mediterráneo." - (1 Apr 2013) - M.D. Guiry

Distributional notes
Only one verified record from British Isles (Plymouth, Cornwall; see Maggs & Hommersand 1993, p. 337).

Habitat notes
moderately to extremely wave-exposed sites, usually on sand-covered rocks from middle to lower intertidal; sometimes grows over Rhodothamniella floridula, Polysiphonia nigra, Ophidocldus simpliciusculus, Pterosiphonis pennata (Diaz-Tapia & Bárbara 2013). - (24 Jan 2014) - Wendy Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

Common names

(as Polysiphonia foetidissima Cocks ex Bornet)
English: Pungent Siphon Weed (Bunker & al. 2010).

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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
Athanasiadis, A. (2016). Phycologia Europaea Rhodophyta Vol. II. pp. [2], 763-1504. Thessaloniki: Published and distributed by the author.

Díaz-Tapia, P. & Bárbara, I. (2013). Seaweeds from sand-covered rocks of the Atlantic Iberian Peninsula. Part. 1. The Rhodomelaceae (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta). Cryptogamie Algologie 34(4): 325-422.

Diaz-Tapia, P., Kim, M.S., Secilla, A., Bárbara, I. & Cremades, J. (2013). Taxonomic reassessment of Polysiphonia foetidissima (Rhodomelaceae, Rhodophyta) and similar species, including P. schneideri, a newly introduced species in Europe. European Journal of Phycology 48(4): 345-362.

Gatty, A. (1863). British Sea-weeds. Drawn from Professor Harvey's "Phycologia britannica." With descriptions, an amateur's synopsis, rules for laying our sea-weeds, an order for arranging them in the herbarium, and an appendix of new species. pp. [i]-xlviii, pls I-LXXX; Appendix [161]-166. London: Bell and Daldy, 186 Fleet Street.

Maggs, C.A. & Hommersand, M.H. (1993). Seaweeds of the British Isles. Volume 1. Rhodophyta. Part 3A. Ceramiales. pp. [i]-xv, 1-444, 129 figs, map. London: HMSO.

Suárez, A.M., Martínez-Daranas, B. & Alfonso, Y. (2015). Macroalgas marinas de Cuba. pp. [1]-264, 229 figs. La Habana [Havana]: UH [Universidad de La Habana] Editorial.

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Díaz, P., Secilla, A., Bárbara, I. & Cremades, J. (2009). Polysiphonia foetidissima y Polysiphonia sp. en el Norte de la costa atlántica de la Península Ibérica. Algas, Bol. Soc. Esp. Ficología 42: 7.
Diaz-Tapia, P., Kim, M.S., Secilla, A., Bárbara, I. & Cremades, J. (2013). Taxonomic reassessment of Polysiphonia foetidissima (Rhodomelaceae, Rhodophyta) and similar species, including P. schneideri, a newly introduced species in Europe. European Journal of Phycology 48(4): 345-362.

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