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On the nomenclatural reinstatement and lectotypification of Spyridia americana Durant (1850)

Craig W. Schneider, Michael J. Wynne and Gary W. Saunders
From the journal Botanica Marina


Southern New England and New York specimens of Spyridiafilamentosa’ were sequenced for the mitochondrial COI-5P and chloroplastic rbcL genes and determined to be distinct from Mediterranean (type locality) specimens of the same taxon. A little-known species name, Spyridia americana Durant, is applied to specimens collected from the northeastern coast of the United States.

Corresponding author: Craig W. Schneider, Department of Biology, Trinity College, Hartford, CT06106, USA, E-mail:

Funding source: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Funding source: Canada Foundation for Innovation

Funding source: New Brunswick Innovation Foundation

Funding source: Agence Française for the Biodiversité and Collectivité Territoriale de Corse


We wish to thank Ken Karol (NY) for a loan of Durant’s original New York collections, Cody Brooks and Tanya Moore (UNB) for sequencing the specimens used in this study, and Amy Kivela (TC) for collecting material on Long Island, NY. Line Le Gall (PC) kindly provided the Mediterranean COI-5P sequence of Spyridia filamentosa collected on “CORSICABENTHOS” conducted by Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in partnership with Parc Naturel Marin du Cap Corse et de l’Agriate and Université de Corse Pasquale Paoli.

  1. Author contributions: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

  2. Research funding: The genetic work at UNB was supported by Discovery and Accelerator grants to GWS from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, as well as funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. CORSICABENTHOS was the marine component of the “Our Planet Reviewed” expedition in Corsica, made possible by funding from Agence Française for the Biodiversité and Collectivité Territoriale de Corse.

  3. Conflict of interest statement: The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding this article.


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Received: 2021-01-25
Accepted: 2021-04-08
Published Online: 2021-04-23
Published in Print: 2021-06-25

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