Hildenbrandia, 1834, nom. cons.
Holotype species: Hildenbrandia prototypus Nardo
Currently accepted name for the type species: Hildenbrandia rubra (Sommerfelt) Meneghini
Original publication and holotype designation: Nardo, G.D. (1834). De novo genere Algarum cui nomen est Hildbrandtia prototypus. Isis von Oken 1834: 675-676.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Gender: This genus name is currently treated as feminine.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Kylin, H. (1956). Die Gattungen der Rhodophyceen. pp. i-xv, 1-673, 458 figs. Lund: C.W.K. Gleerups.
The genus name and orthography has been conserved against the original spelling "Hildenbrandtia". Named for Franz Xaver Edler von Hildenbrand (1789-1849), physician and lichenologist at Vienna. - (15 May 2011) - M.D. Guiry
Description: Thallus prostrate, forming a crust on rock. Leathery. Lower surface fully adherent to substratum. Rhizoids lacking. Basal layer of filaments giving rise to crowded, closely coherent vertical filaments that are sparsely branched. Horizontal stratification sometimes apparent. Adjacent cells joined to one another by secondary pit connections formed without conjunctor cells. Cells cylindrical, varying little in diameter, ca. 5 µm. Thallus surface smooth and firm. Cells uninucleate. Chloroplast single per cell. Pit plugs with a cap membrane, but lacking outer cap layer. Gametangia unknown. Tetrasporangia formed in pit-like conceptacles scattered over the thallus surface. Conceptacles spherical or cylindrical with an ostiole, or an open cavity. Tetrasporangia formed on floor and sides of conceptacles. Conceptacles enlarged by repeated rounds of conversion of vegetative cells lining conceptacle chamber into tetrasporangia. Tetrasporangia fundamentally zonately divided, with parallel transverse cleavage or parallel oblique cleavage or non-parallel oblique cleavage. Walls of discharged tetrasporangia often persistent. Paraphyses absent.
Information contributed by: C.M. Pueschel. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 20 Jan 2017 by M.D. Guiry.
Comments: Fungal hyphae commonly present in walls and conceptacles, especially in high intertidal thalli. Freshwater species reproducing by vegetative propagules rather than spores. A predominantly marine genus, but with a widely distributed freshwater species. Marine species found in tropical, temperate, and subpolar waters and ranging from high intertidal to subtidal zones.
Numbers of names and species: There are 33 species names in the database at present, as well as 13 infraspecific names. Of the species names, 17 have been flagged as accepted taxonomically on the basis of the listed literature under the species name. In some instances, opinions on taxonomic validity differ from author to author and users are encouraged to form their own opinion. AlgaeBase is a work in progress and should not be regarded as a definitive source only as a guide to the literature..
Names: ('C' indicates a name that is accepted taxonomically; 'S' a homotypic or heterotypic synonym; 'U' indicates a name of uncertain taxonomic status, but which has been subjected to some verification nomenclaturally; 'P' indicates a preliminary AlgaeBase entry that has not been subjected to any kind of verification. For more information on a species click on it to activate a link to the Species database):
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Sheath, R.G. (2003). Red Algae. In: Freshwater Algae of North America, Ecology & Classification. (Wehr, J.D. & Sheath, R.G. Eds), pp. 197-224. San Diego: Academic Press.
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Some of the descriptions included in AlgaeBase were originally from the unpublished Encyclopedia of Algal Genera, organised in the 1990s by Dr Bruce Parker on behalf of the Phycological Society of America (PSA) and intended to be published in CD format. These AlgaeBase descriptions are now being continually updated, and each current contributor is identified above. The PSA and AlgaeBase warmly acknowledge the generosity of all past and present contributors and particularly the work of Dr Parker.
Descriptions of chrysophyte genera were subsequently published in J. Kristiansen & H.R. Preisig (eds.). 2001. Encyclopedia of Chrysophyte Genera. Bibliotheca Phycologica 110: 1-260.
Created: 29 December 2000 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 20 January 2017 by M.D. Guiry
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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2019. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 20 April 2019.