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Name derivation:

(L.) nitor bright, (Gr.) phylum leaf


Nitophyllum  Greville 1830;  33 of 209 species are currently recognized taxonomically (Guiry and Guiry 2016).

Subclass Florideophyceae; Order Ceramiales; Family Delesseriaceae




Monostromatic blades except at bases or ereproductive areas, lacking obvious apical cells or veins (Dawes and Mathieson 2008).

Similar genera:



Subtropical to tropical shores (Ibid.).



Dawes, C.J. and A.C. Mathieson 2008. Seaweeds of Florida. University Press of Florida (592 pp).

Greville, R.K.  1830.  Algae britannicae, or descriptions of the marine and other inarticulated plants of the British islands, belonging to the order Algae; with plates illustrative of the genera. pp. [i*-iii*], [i]-lxxxviii, [1]-218, pl. 1-19. Edinburgh & London: McLachlan & Stewart; Baldwin & Cradock.

Guiry, M.D. and G.M. Guiry  2013.  AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 07 May 2013.