Stictosporum J., 1890
Holotype species: Stictosporum nitophylloides (Harvey) J.Agardh
Original publication and holotype designation: Agardh, J.G. (1890). Till algernes systematik. Nya bidrag. (Sjette afdelningen.). Lunds Universitets Års-Skrift, Andra Afdelningen, Kongl. Fysiografiska Sällskapets i Lund Handlingar 26(3): 1-125, III pls.
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 reach 15 cm in length, are erect from the holdfast, and are flat, membranous, and proliferous from the margins of the subdichotomously branched axes. The uniaxial nature of the frond may be obscured rapidly by the thin, pseudoparenchymatous cortex, the medulla being very narrow. Cells of the central axial filaments give rise to two periaxial cells. The cortical filament containing the auxiliary cell and subtending supporting cell is made up of conspicuously smaller cells than surrounding vegetative filaments. The gonimoblast and subsequent carposporophyte development is directed towards the thallus surface, in contrast to most other Cystocloniaceae. The cystocarp consists of the auxiliary cell, to which some cells of the inner gonimoblast fuse, and radiating files composed mostly of carposporangia, there being little sterile tissue in the carposporophyte. Cystocarps protrude slightly to both sides of the frond, and lack an ostiole. Spermatangia are unknown, and tetrasporangia are scattered. The genus was once the type of its own family, based on the mistaken impression that it was multiaxial, but Searles (1968) demonstrated its true structure and broadened the Cystocloniaceae to include genera with outwardly, rather than primarily inwardly, developing gonimoblasts.
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: Endemic to southern Australia from the Geraldton region in the west to South Australia in the east, the plants occurring subtidally.
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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: 14 January 2001 by M.D. Guiry
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Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2018. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 25 September 2018.