Holotype species: Spongioplastidium proliferum Vischer
Original publication and holotype designation: Vischer, W. (1933). Über einige kritische Gattungen und die Systematik der Chaetophorales. Beihefte zum Botanischen Centralblatt, Abteilung A: Morphologie und Physiologie der Pflanzen 51: 1-101.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Škaloud, P., Rindi, F., Boedeker, C. & Leliaert, F. (2018). Süßwasserflora von Mitteleuropa. Freshwater flora of central Europe. Bd 13. Chlorophyta: Ulvophyceae (Krienitz, L. ed.). pp. [i]-vii, -288, 182 figs. Berlin: Springer Spektrum.
Description: Thallus filamentous, loosely branched, composed of long cylindrical cells. Filaments usually tapered towards the tips, repeatedly branched. Later, the cells form multiseriate filaments composed by swollen, rounded, loosely connected cells. These filaments easily disintegrate into single cells. Chloroplast reticular, with indistinct pyrenoid. Asexual reproduction by thallus fragmentation into cell packets or single cells which become thick-walled akinetes. No zoospores were observed. Sexual reproduction unknown.
Information contributed by: Škaloud <i>et al.</i> (2018).. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 15 Mar 2018 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.
Created: 20 March 2005 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 15 March 2018 by M.D. Guiry
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