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Pelvetia babingtonii - National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo - DSC07654.JPG
Silvetia babingtonii
Scientific classification

E. Serrão, T.O. Cho, S.M. Boo & S.H. Brawley, 1999

Silvetia is a genus of brown algae, commonly known as rockweed, found in the intertidal zone of rocky seashores of the Pacific Ocean. These were originally classified as members of the genus Pelvetia. In 1999, Silvetia sp. was created as a separate species from Pelvetia canaliculata due to differences of oogonium structure and of nucleic acid sequences of the rDNA.[1] It was renamed in honor of Paul Silva, Curator of Algae at the Herbarium of the University of California, Berkeley.[1] There are three species and one subspecies.


This list of species of Silvetia contains those considered to belong to this genus as of 2013:

  • Silvetia babingtonii (Harvey, 1860)[2] (E.Serrão, T.O.Cho, S.M.Boo & Brawley, 1999)
  • Silvetia compressa (J.Agardh, 1848)[3](E.Serrão, T.O.Cho, S.M.Boo & Brawley, 1999)
    • Silvetia compressa deliquescens (Abbott and Hollenberg, 1976)
  • Silvetia siliquosa (Tseng & C. F. Chang, 1953)[4] (E.Serrão, T.O.Cho, S.M.Boo & Brawley, 1999)


  1. ^ a b Serrão, Ester A.; Alice, Lawrence A.; Brawley, Susan H. (1999). "Evolution of the Fucaceae (Phaeophyceae) Inferred from nrDNA-ITS" (PDF). Journal of Phycology. 35 (2): 382–394. doi:10.1046/j.1529-8817.1999.3520382.x. hdl:10400.1/4045. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  2. ^ Harvey (1860). "Fucus babingtonii". Proc. Am. Acad. Arts Sci. 4: 329.
  3. ^ Agardh, J (1848). "Fucoidium compressum". Sp. Alg. 1: 204.
  4. ^ Tseng, C. K.; Chang, C. F. (1953). "On a new species of Pelvetia and its distribution". Acta Bot. Sinica. 2: 280–97.

Further reading[edit]

  • Anastyuk, Stanislav D; Shevchenko, Natalia M.; Dmitrenok, Pavel S; Zvyagintseva, Tatyana N (Sep 1, 2012). "Structural similarities of fucoidans from brown algae Silvetia babingtonii and Fucus evanescens, determined by tandem MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry". Carbohydrate Research. 358: 78–81. doi:10.1016/j.carres.2012.06.015. PMID 22824505.
  • Bisgrove, S. R.; Kropf, D. L. (22 June 2004). "Cytokinesis in brown algae: studies of asymmetric division in fucoid zygotes". Protoplasma. 223 (2–4): 163–174. doi:10.1007/s00709-004-0038-6. PMID 15221521.
  • Hays, Cyntha G. (January 2007). "Adaptive Phenotypic Differentiation Across the Intertidal Gradient In the Alga Silvetia Compressa". Ecology, University of California Santa Cruz. 88 (1): 149–157. doi:10.1890/0012-9658(2007)88[149:apdati];2.
  • Muzzy, Rachel; Hable, Whitney (1 November 2013). "RAC1 regulates actin arrays during polarity establishment in the brown alga, Silvetia compressa". Developmental Biology. 383 (1): 28–38. doi:10.1016/j.ydbio.2013.09.004. ISSN 0012-1606. PMID 24036312.
  • Nagasato, Chikako; Kajimura, Naoko; Terauchi, Makoto; Mineyuki, Yoshinobu; Motomura, Taizo (November 2014). "Electron tomographic analysis of cytokinesis in the brown alga Silvetia babingtonii (Fucales, Phaeophyceae)". Protoplasma. 251 (6): 1347–1357. doi:10.1007/s00709-014-0635-y. PMID 24671646.
  • Silva, Paul C; Pedroche, Francisco F; Chacana, Max E; Aguilar-Roxas, Raul; Raum, Jennifer (March 2004). "Geographic correlation of morphological and molecular variation in Silvetia compressa (Fucaceae, Fucales, Phaeophyceae)". Phycologia. 43 (2): 204–214. doi:10.2216/i0031-8884-43-2-204.1.
  • Wang, Gaoge; Wei, Xiaojiao; Shuai, Limei (August 2014). "Early Development of Silvetia babingtonii (Fucales, Phaeophyceae)". Journal of Ocean University of China. 13 (4): 677–682. doi:10.1007/s11802-014-2220-6.
  • Whitaker, Stephen G.; Smith, Jayson R.; Murray, Steven N. (September 2010). "Reestablishment of the Southern California Rocky Intertidal Brown Alga, Silvetia compressa: An Experimental Investigation of Techniques and Abiotic and Biotic Factors That Affect Restoration Success". Restoration Ecology. 18 (Supplement s1): 18–26. doi:10.1111/j.1526-100X.2010.00717.x.