Furcellaria J.V., 1813, nom. cons.
Holotype species: Furcellaria lumbricalis (Hudson) J.V.Lamouroux
Original publication and holotype designation: Lamouroux, J.V.F. (1813). Essai sur les genres de la famille des thalassiophytes non articulées. Annales du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris 20: 21-47, 115-139, 267-293, pls 7-13.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Gender: This genus name is currently treated as feminine.
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 reach 30 cm in height, are erect from a branched holdfast, and are terete, repeatedly dichotomous, and cartilaginous. The medulla is densly crowded with axial and rhizoidal filaments. Gametophytes are dioecious, the spermatangia borne in superficial subapical sori. Carpogonial branches are 3-5-celled, and usually borne several per supporting cell. Tetrasporangia are scattered in the cortex of isomorphic tetrasporophytes (Dixon and Irvine, 1977). Austin (1960a, 1960b) has made life-history and anatomical studies of the genus, which also produces a commercially valuable, carrageenan-related wall extract called Furcellaran (Schachat & Glicksman, 1959).
Information contributed by: G.T. Kraft & M.D. Guiry. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 23 Jan 2017 by M.D. Guiry.
Comments: Distribution: North Atlantic from Nova Scotia north and east through Greenland, Iceland and northern Russia to Britain and Ireland, France, the Baltic Sea, Norway to N Spain,. Plants occur in the lower littoral to 12 m depths (Dixon and Irvine, 1977).
Numbers of names and species: There are 4 species names in the database at present, of which 1 has 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Some of the descriptions included in AlgaeBase were originally from the unpublished Encyclopedia of Algal Genera, organised in the 1990s by Dr Bruce Parker on behalf of the Phycological Society of America (PSA) and intended to be published in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: 23 January 2017 by M.D. Guiry
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