Montemaria A.B.Joly & Alveal, 1970
Holotype species: Montemaria horridula (Montagne) A.B.Joly & Alveal
Original publication and holotype designation: Joly, A.B. & Alveal, K. (1970 '1969'). Notes on Chilean algae III. The identity of Caulacanthus horridulus Montagne. Rickia 4: 83-92.
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 form low cushions to 1.5 cm in height on intertidal rocks, the prostrate cylindrical portions being fixed to the substratum by hapteral discs and bearing numerous erect cylindrical branches. Axial filaments produce 2 periaxial cells, oriented at 90 deg. to one another. Carpogonial branches are 3-celled, and auxiliary cells only differentiate after fertilization, being borne on the same or an adjacent branch system to the carpogonium. The main feature distinguishing this genus from Caulacanthus, from which Joly and Alveal transfer the sole species, is the unilateral position of the cystocarp, caused by failure of the fusion cell to incorporate the central axial filament of the fertile branchlet, in contrast to the central and terminal position of the cystocarp in Caulacanthus. Min-Thein and Womersley (1976) question the valildity of this feature and its importance as a sole generic character.
Information contributed by: G.T. Kraft. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 7 Oct 2010 by M.D. Guiry.
Comments: Distribution: Apparently known only from central Chile.
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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
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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 21 February 2019.