Anatheca F., 1897
Holotype species: Anatheca montagnei F.Schmitz
Original publication and holotype designation: Schmitz, F. & Hauptfleisch, P. (1897). Rhodophyllidaceae. In: Die natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien nebst ihren Gattungen und wichtigeren Arten insbesondere den Nutzpflanzen unter Mitwirkung zahlreicher hervorragender Fachgelehrten, Teil 1, Abteilung 2. (Engler, A. & Prantl, K. Eds), pp. 366-382. Leipzig: verlag von Wilhelm Engelmann.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Faye, E.J., Shimada, S., Kogame, K. & Masuda, M. (2005). Reassessment of the little-known western African red alga Anatheca montagnei (Gigartinales, Solieriaceae) on the basis of morphology and rbcL sequences. European Journal of Phycology 40: 195-206.
Description: Plants reach 15 cm in height, and are erect, leaf-like, and multiaxial. Carpogonial branches and cystocarps are confined to surface papillae, the central portion of the carposporophyte consisting of a small-celled sterile tissue rather than a fusion cell. A sterile hull around the gonimoblast is lacking, and carposporangia are single and terminal. Tetrasporangia are scattered in the cortex. Mollion (1980) shows that the major polygalactan of Anatheca is an iota carrageenan of slightly lower sulfate content than other members of the Solieriaceae. Similar to Meristotheca in its carposporophyte anatomy, Anatheca mainly differs in lacking an inner pericarp hull around the cystocarp.
Information contributed by: G. Kraft. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 5 Jan 2011 by M.D. Guiry.
Comments: Distribution: Apparently endemic to the westernmost region of north Africa.
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Some of the descriptions included in AlgaeBase were originally from the unpublished Encyclopedia of Algal Genera, organised in the 1990s by Dr Bruce Parker on behalf of the Phycological Society of America (PSA) and intended to be published in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: 05 January 2011 by M.D. Guiry
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