Raphidocelis Hindák, 1977
Holotype species: Raphidocelis sigmoidea Hindák
Original publication and holotype designation: Hindák, F. (1977). Studies on the chlorococcal algae (Chlorophyceae). I. Biologicke Práce 23: 1-192.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Tsarenko, P.M. (2011). Sphaeropleales. In: Algae of Ukraine: diversity, nomenclature, taxonomy, ecology and geography. Volume 3: Chlorophyta. (Tsarenko, P.M., Wasser, S.P. & Nevo, E. Eds), pp. 280-355. Ruggell: A.R.A. Gantner Verlag K.-G..
"Further investigations for the genus Kirchneriella is needed due to the lack of molecular data." (Garcia et al. 2016: 14). - (30 Aug 2016) - M.D. Guiry
Description: Thalli unicellular or forming small colonies embedded in a highly irregular and structureless mucilage. Cells lunate to sigmoidal, pointed at both ends with evenly granulated cell walls. Cells lengths highly variable and species specific, in the type species 4-10 µm, in the other species 6-25 (-42) µm, mostly 1.5-3 µm wide. Cells uninucleate; chloroplast parietal and single, pyrenoids absent. Asexual reproduction by autospores, 2-4-8 per mother cell; released by cell wall rupture. Autospores and young cells often without granulations. Flagellated stages and sexual reproduction unknown.
Information contributed by: D. Garbary & F. Hindák. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 27 Jan 2012 by M.D. Guiry.
Comments: Raphidocelis species are planktonic in freshwater, and known only from central Europe. Taxonomic concepts in the monographs differ with overlapping concepts for Raphidocelis, Siderocelis, and Kirchneriella. The three species are distinguished based on cell size and cell shape.
Numbers of names and species: There are 18 species names in the database at present, as well as 4 infraspecific names. Of the species names, 14 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..
Names: ('C' indicates a name that is accepted taxonomically; 'S' a homotypic or heterotypic synonym; 'U' indicates a name of uncertain taxonomic status, but which has been subjected to some verification nomenclaturally; 'P' indicates a preliminary AlgaeBase entry that has not been subjected to any kind of verification. For more information on a species click on it to activate a link to the Species database):
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Krienitz, L., Bock, C., Nozaki, H. & Wolf, M. (2011). SSU rRNA gene phylogeny of morphospecies affiliated to the bioassay alga "Selenastrum capricornutum" recoverd the polyphyletic origin of crescent-shaped Chlorophyta. Journal of Phycology 47(4): 880-893.
Fuciková, K., Lewis, P.O. & Lewis, L.A. (2014). Putting incertae sedis taxa in their place: a proposal for ten new families and three new genera in Sphaeropleales (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta). Journal of Phycology 50(1): 14-25.
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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: 11 April 2002 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 27 January 2012 by M.D. Guiry
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