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...............Otto Friedrich Muller


Jean Vincent Felix Lamouroux


.....Desmarestia viridis (Picture by Noemi Ramirez)




Kingdom Eukaryota

Phylum Heterokontophyta

Class Phaeophycea

Order Desmarestiales

Family Desmarestiaceae

Genus Desmarestia

Desmarestia viridis (O.F. Müller) J.V. Lamouroux 1813: 45
Original publication: Lamouroux, J.V.F. (1813). Essai sur les genres de la famille des thalassiophytes non articulées. Annales du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris 20: 21-47, 115-139, 267-293, Plates 7-13.

The genus Desmarestia has undergone several taxonomic revisions over the last 200 years. it has been placed amoung two Rhodophyte taxa (Iridea and Gigartina) as well as amoung other Phaeophyte taxa (Chordaria, Gymnogongrus and Fucus), more recently molecular phylogenetic analysis supports the hypotesis that the Desmarestiales are monoplhyletic and that the family Desmarestiaceae most likely originated in the southern hemisphere (Peters et al. 1997).

Fucus viridis O.F. Müller
Type information
Type locality: Sinus Dróbachiense [Drøbak, Norway] (Müller 1782: 5). Lectotype: original illustration (epitype)
Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), green (Stearn 1973).
Fucus viridis O.F. Müller 1782
Iridea fluitans Stackhouse 1816
Chordaria viridis (O.F. Müller) C. Agardh 1817
Gigartina viridis (O.F. Müller) Lyngbye 1819
Sporochnus viridis (O.F. Müller) Greville 1830
Dichloria viridis (O.F. Müller) Greville 1830
Desmarestia pacifica Setchell & N.L. Gardner 1924
Desmarestia filamentosa E.Y. Dawson 1944





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