Holotype species: Mastophora licheniformis Decaisne
Currently accepted name for the type species: Mastophora rosea (C.Agardh) Setchell
Original publication and holotype designation: Decaisne, J. (1842). Essais sur une classification des algues et des polypiers calcifères de Lamouroux. Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Botanique, Seconde série 17: 297-380, pls 14-17.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Schneider, C.W. & Wynne, M.J. (2007). A synoptic review of the classification of red algal genera a half a century after Kylin's "Die Gattungen der Rhodophyceen". Botanica Marina 50: 197-249.
Description: Thallus light pink to purple, forming thin crusts or erect branched thalli without protuberances, loosely attached by cell adhesion or rhizoids. Structure dimerous. Epithallial cells rounded or flattened, not flared. Cortical filaments 1–5 cells long, sometimes joined by fusions; secondary pit connections lacking. Trichocytes solitary or in clusters. Reproductive structures in protuberant uniporate conceptacles. Tetrasporangial conceptacles with a central columella. Apical sporangial plugs absent.
Information contributed by: R.A. Townsend & J.M. Huisman (2018).. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 25 Sep 2018 by M.D. Guiry.
Comments: Mastophora is probably tropical and subtropical in distribution, although this is uncertain because of problems of identification. It has been reported from southeastern Asia and from islands in the tropical western Pacific. As recently circumscribed this genus is most closely related to Lithoporella and Metamastophora.
Numbers of names and species: There are 24 species names in the database at present, as well as 5 infraspecific names. Of the species names, 6 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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Kato, A., Baba, M. & Suda, S. (2011). Revision of the Mastophoroideae (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) and polyphyly in nongeniculate species widely distributed on Pacific coral reefs. Journal of Phycology 47(3): 662-672.
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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: 28 December 2000 by M.D. Guiry
Linking to this page: http://www.algaebase.org/search/genus/detail/?genus_id=34572
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Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2019. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 23 January 2019.