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Keywords:

  • conceptacles;
  • Corallina ;
  • Corallinaceae;
  • cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1;
  • Ellisolandia ;
  • elongation factor 2;
  • Johansenia ;
  • Marginisporum ;
  • psbA;
  • Serraticardia

A multigene phylogeny using COI-5P (mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1), psbA (PSII reaction center protein D1), and EF2 (elongation factor 2) sequence data for members of the tribe Corallineae was constructed to assess generic boundaries. We determined that traditional reliance on conceptacle position as an indicator of generic affinities in the Corallineae is not supported and taxonomic changes are required. We found that species currently assigned to Pseudolithophyllum muricatum resolved within the Corallineae in all analyses. This is the first record of crustose members in the subfamily Corallinoideae. Further-more, the genus Serraticardia was polyphyletic; we propose to synonomize Serraticardia with Corallina, transfer the type species Smaxima to Corallina (Cmaxima (Yendo) comb. nov.), and describe the new genus Johansenia for Smacmillanii (Jmacmillanii (Yendo) comb. nov.). Our molecular data also indicate that species in the genus Marginisporum have evolutionary affinities among species of Corallina and these genera should also be synonymized. This necessitates the combinations Caberrans (Yendo) comb. nov. for Maberrans (Yendo) Johansen & Chihara, Ccrassissima (Yendo) comb. nov. for M. crassissimum (Yendo) Ganesan, and C. declinata (Yendo) comb. nov. for M. declinata (Yendo) Ganesan. Corallina elongata was divergent from all other members of Corallina and is transferred to a new genus, Ellisolandia (E. elongata (J. Ellis & Solander) comb. nov). In addition, COI-5P and internal transcribed spacer (ITS) data combined with morphological characters were used to establish that rather than the four Corallina species recognized in Canada, there are nine.