Pfiesteria Steidinger & J.M.Burkholder, 1996
Holotype species: Pfiesteria piscicida Steidinger & J.M.Burkholder
Original publication and holotype designation: Steidinger, K.A., Burkholder, J.M., Glasgow, H.B., Jr, Hobbs, C.W., Garrett, J.K., Truby, E.W., Noga, E.J. & Smith, S.A. (1996). Pfiesteria piscicida gen. et sp. nov. (Pfiesteriaceae fam. nov.), a new toxic dinoflagellate with a complex life cycle and behavior. Journal of Phycology 32: 157-164, 14 figs, 1 table.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Moestrup, Ø. & Calado, A.J. (2018). Süßwasserflora von Mitteleuropa. Freshwater Flora of Central Europe, Volume 6: Dinophyceae. pp. [i]-xii, -560, 421 figs. Berlin: Springer Spektrum.
"Before 2015, 7 genera, Amyloodinium, Cryptoperidiniopsis,Luciella, Paulsenella, Pfiesteria, Stoeckeria, Tyrannodinium, had been established in the family Pfiesteriaceae" (Jang et al., 2016: 180. - (20 May 2016) - Wendy Guiry
Description: Epi- and hypocone of approximately the same size, i. e. the cingulum more or less equatorial. Cells covered with very thin plates arranged according to the formula po, cp, x, 4?, 1a, 5–6'', 6c, pc, 5s, 5''', 0p, 2''''. Phagotrophic, food uptake by means of a hollow peduncle (feeding tube).
Information contributed by: Moestrup & Calado (2018). The most recent alteration to this page was made on 24 Oct 2018 by M.D. Guiry.
Numbers of names and species: There are 3 species names in the database at present, of which 2 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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Some of the descriptions included in AlgaeBase were originally from the unpublished Encyclopedia of Algal Genera, organised in the 1990s by Dr Bruce Parker on behalf of the Phycological Society of America (PSA) and intended to be published in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: 16 April 2003 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 24 October 2018 by M.D. Guiry
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