Holotype species: Petroglossum pacificum Hollenberg
Original publication and holotype designation: Hollenberg, G.J. (1943). New marine algae from southern California II. American Journal of Botany 30: 571-579.
Precise date of publication18 November 1943
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: Plants are generally less than 5 cm in height and consist of flattened, linear, regularly to irregularly subdichotomous blades arising singly or in clusters from an encrusting or stoloniferous base. Spermatangia form in nemathecia located centrally or terminally on the axes. Cystocarps form singly toward the center of the fronds or in short lateral proliferations, depending on the species. Ostioles may or may not be present, again depending on species. Tetrasporangial nemathecia generally occur singly toward the centers of branch units. Petroglossum differs from Phyllophora in producing spermatangial mother-cell clusters flush with the branch surface, as opposed to in cavities (Schneider and Searles 1976).
Information contributed by: G.T. Kraft. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 30 Aug 2011 by M.D. Guiry.
Comments: Distribution: The type and a second species are endemic to southern California, where they occur on low intertidal to subtidal rocks. The third species was recently described from deep (28 m) subtidal habitats in North Carolina (Schneider and Searles 1976).
Numbers of names and species: There are 4 species names in the database at present, of which 3 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..
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Some of the descriptions included in AlgaeBase were originally from the unpublished Encyclopedia of Algal Genera, organised in the 1990s by Dr Bruce Parker on behalf of the Phycological Society of America (PSA) and intended to be published in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
Verified by: 30 August 2011 by M.D. Guiry
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