Gelidium pusillum (Stackhouse) Le Jolis 1863
Gelidium pusillum (Stackhouse) Le Jolis
Gelidium pulchellum, middle intertidal rocky pool, South of Galicia, Spain, 2013, Ignacio BárbaraIgancio Bárbara (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gelidium pusillum (Stackhouse) Le Jolis 1863: 139
Status of Name
This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.
Fucus pusillus Stackhouse
Type locality: Sidmouth, Devon, England; (Dixon & Irvine 1977: 129) Lectotype (provisional): BM; (Dixon & Irvine 1977: 139)
Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), very small (Stearn 1973).
This is a marine species.
Cartilaginous, purplish or blackish red, turf-forming, 2-10 mm high, arising from an extensive creeping base and incorporating shell debris and small molluscs. Erect fronds flattened and leaf-like and 0.5-2 mm broad.
On rock in upper intertidal forming extensive mat-like growths below Pelvetia canaliculata, particularly on vertical or near-vertical surfaces. Sometimes associated with Catenella caespitosa and Rhodothamniella purpurea. Widely distributed, common.
Turf formation in the upper intertidal, blackish-red colour when slightly dry, and extensive rhizoids.
Catenella caespitosa also forms turf- or mat-like extensions but is softer has has the appearance of small cocktail sausages.
Created: 30 March 1996 by M.D. Guiry.
Last updated: 03 June 2021
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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 03 June 2021. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. https://www.algaebase.org; searched on 10 December 2023