Petalonia zosterifolia (Reinke) Kuntze 1898

Planosiphon zosterifolius (Reinke) McDevit & G.W.Saunders

Current name: Planosiphon zosterifolius (Reinke) McDevit & G.W.Saunders
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Publication Details
Petalonia zosterifolia (Reinke) Kuntze 1898: 419

Published in: Kuntze, O. (1898). Revisio generum plantarum. Pars III (3). pp. 1-576. Leipzig, London, Milano, New York, Paris: Arthur Felix, Dulau & Co., U. Hoepli, Gust. A. Schechert, Charles Klincksierck.

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Publication date: 28 Sep 1898

Type Species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Petalonia is Petalonia debilis (Kützing) Derbès & Solier.

Status of Name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Planosiphon zosterifolius (Reinke) McDevit & G.W.Saunders.

Phyllitis zosterifolia Reinke

Type Information
Syntype localities: "Skagerrack. Englische Küste. Cherbourg" [Skagerrak, England, France]; (Reinke 1889: 61) Notes: According to McDevitt & Saunders (2017: 659) the type locality is "Kieler Hafen, Germany". However, Reinke (1889: 61) considered his species as a "nomen novum" for "Phyllitis Fascia Le Jolis Liste pag. 68; Phyllitis Fascia Le Jolis Exsicc. No. 175; Phyllitis Fascia Rabenh. Exsicc. No. 1514; Phyllitis Fascia Holmes Exsicc. No. 43. Ilea Fascia Arksch. Exsicc. No. 96, das Exemplar mit ganz schmalem Thallus." Accordingly, these are all syntypes and a lectotype should be selected from amongst Reinke's copies of these exsiccatae, presumably at Kiel. Reinke (1889: 61) mentions populations on "... stones and stakes of the litoral region, much rarer than before ... Kiel Harbour at Moltenort!" from which a type could be selected if materials have survived.

Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), with leaves like the genus Zostera, a sea-grass.

General Environment
This is a marine species.

Created: 09 April 1996 by M.D. Guiry.

Last updated: 27 July 2017

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