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Pseudochaete West & G.S.West, 1903

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Viridiplantae
Infrakingdom Chlorophyta infrakingdom
Phylum Chlorophyta
Subphylum Chlorophytina
Class Chlorophyceae
Order Chaetophorales
Family Chaetophoraceae

Lectotype species: Pseudochaete crassiseta (West & G.S.West) West & G.S.West

Original publication:West, W. & West, G.S. (1903). Notes on freshwater algae III. Journal of Botany, London 41: 32-41, 74-82, pls 446-448.
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Type designated in Loeblich, A.R., III (1967). Notes on the divisions Chlorophyta, Chrysophyta, Pyrrophyta and Xanthophyta and the family Paramastigaceae. Taxon 16: 230-237.

Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.

Gender: This genus name is currently treated as feminine.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Burova, O.V., Tsarenko, P.M., Kovalenko, O.V., Petlovany, O.A., Mikhailyuk, T.I. & Lilitska, G.G. (2011). Chaetophorales. In: Algae of Ukraine: diversity, nomenclature, taxonomy, ecology and geography. Volume 3: Chlorophyta. (Tsarenko, P.M., Wasser, S.P. & Nevo, E. Eds), pp. 264-278. Ruggell: A.R.A. Gantner Verlag K.-G.

Taxonomic notes
John (2011: 545) concluded "It has been decided to regard this little-known genus as merely a developmental stage of Stigeoclonium. Smith (1933) considered Pseudochaete to be a dward species of Stigeoclonium and Tiffany (1937b) transferred it to Stigeoclonium as S. gracile (West & G.S. West) Tiffany." However, the type species is not Pseudochaete gracilis as stated by John, but is Pseudochaete crassiseta (West & G.S. West) West & G.S. West, originally described from Ceylon (Sri Lanka), which requires further invesigation. - (9 Feb 2015) - M.D. Guiry

Description: Plants heterotrichous, consisting of uniseriate filaments. Prostrate filaments short and branched, each cell with nucleus, parietal chloroplast and pyrenoid. Erect system of simple, hair-like filaments, ca. 5 to 8 cells in length, cells cylindrical and lack pyrenoids. Sporangia reported to become detached before producing spores. Details of zoosporogenesis and sexuality unknown. Pseudochaete epiphytic on other aquatic plants in Europe, Asia and Sri Lanka. Genus incompletely described and hence of questionable validity. The type species might be a developmental stage of Stigeoclonium.

Information contributed by: D.M. John. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 30 Dec 2015 by M.D. Guiry.

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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.

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