Lithothamnion superpositum Foslie (1900:8)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Mesophyllum superpositum (Foslie) Adey (1970:26)


Considered a synonym of L. crispatum by (Basso et al., 2011; Guiry & Guiry, 2023).


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym of L. crispatum) (Basso et al., 2011; Guiry & Guiry, 2023).


Was rediscovered prior to synonimisation (Da Nóbrega Farias et al., 2010).





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Foslie, M. (1900). New or critical calcareous algae. Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs Skrifter 1889(5): 1-34.


Other references:

Adey, W. H. (1970). A revision of the Foslie crustose coralline herbarium. Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Skrifter 1: 1-46.

Basso, Daniela, Rodondi, Graziella and Bressan, Guido. (2011). A re-description of Lithothamnion crispatum and the status of Lithothamnion superpositum (Rhodophyta, Corallinales). Phycologia 50(2): 144-155.

Da Nóbrega Farias, J., Riosmena-Rodríguez, R., Bouzon, Z., Oliveira, E. C. and Horta, P. A. (2010). Lithothamnion superpositum (Corallinales; Rhodophyta): First description for the Western Atlantic or rediscovery of a species? Phycol. Res. 58(3): 210-216. [Abstract]

Guiry, M. D. and Guiry, G. M. (2023). AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway (taxonomic information republished from AlgaeBase with permission of M.D. Guiry). Lithothamnion superpositum Foslie, 1900. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: on 2023-04-02

Harvey, A. S., Woelkerling, W. J. and Millar, A. J. K. (2003). An account of the Hapalidiaceae (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) in south-eastern Australia. Australian Systematic Botany 16(6): 647-698.

Keats, Derek W., Maneveldt, Gavin and Chamberlain, Yvonne M. (2000). Lithothamnion superpositum Foslie: a common crustose red alga (Corallinaceae) in South Africa. Cryptogamie Algologie 21(4): 381-400. [Abstract]

Woelkerling, W. J. (1993). Type collections of Corallinales (Rhodophyta) in the Foslie Herbarium (TRH). Gunneria 67: 1-289.


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