Sirocladium Randhawa, 1941
Holotype species: Sirocladium kumaoense Randhawa
Original publication and holotype designation: Randhawa, M.S. (1941). Sirocladium a new terrestrial member of the Zygnemales. Botanical Gazette 103: 192-197.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Description: Thalli comprised on unbranched uniseriate filaments intertwined to form skeins. Rhizoids extend into the substratum from basal and intercalary vegetative cells. Cells cylindrical and curved, 28.5-64 µm in diameter, up to several times as long; cell wall two-layered with inner cellulosic, outer mucilaginous layer; end walls plane; no flagellated stages. Nucleus single per cell, held in cytoplasmic bridge between flat faces of chloroplasts. Chloroplasts two per cell; plate-like with row of pyrenoids. Asexual reproduction by aplanospores and parthenospores. Life cycle haplobiontic, meiosis zygotic. Sexual reproduction by scalariform conjugation; anisogamous with one or two sterile cells associated with gametangium. Filaments bend toward each other, gametangia adhere, and pectic ring surrounds zone of contact; no conjugation tube forms. Median wall of zygospore smooth, punctate, or with ridges.
Information contributed by: R.M. McCourt, R.W. Hoshaw & M.D. Guiry. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 14 Nov 2012 by M.D. Guiry.
Comments: Sirocladium species are known only from India, the Himalayas and Cuba in freshwater and terrestrial habitats. Trait of conjugation places Sirocladium in Zygnematales, but otherwise its phylogenetic position is unclear. Vegetative morphology is similar to Mougeotia; reproductive processes are similar to those of Sirogonium.
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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: 28 September 2004 by Robert Wilkes
Verified by: 14 November 2012 by M.D. Guiry
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