Holotype species: Asparagopsis delilei Montagne
Currently accepted name for the type species: Asparagopsis taxiformis (Delile) Trevisan
Original publication and holotype designation: Montagne, C. (1840). Plantae cellulares. Familis III. Phyceae Fries.. In: Histoire naturelle des Iles Canaries. Tome troisième. Deuxième partie. Phytographia canariensis. Section Ultima. (Barker-Webb, P. & Berthelot, S. Eds), pp. 132-194. Paris: Béthune. Éditeur, rue de Vaugirard, 36.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Gender: This genus name is currently treated as feminine.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Huisman, J.M. (2018). Algae of Australia. Marine benthic algae of north-western Australia. 2. Red algae. pp. [i]-xii, 1-672, 189 figs. Canberra & Melbourne: ABRS & CSIRO Publishing.
Monotypic when introduced. - (20 Jan 2017) - M.D. Guiry
Description: Thallus (gametophyte) erect, with a proliferous stoloniferous base giving rise to several percurrent primary axes that are densely clothed with fine lateral determinate branches (giving the appearance of ‘foxtails’), the density of branching increasing towards the apex. Structure uniaxial, with 3 periaxial cells per axial cell, ecorticate in lateral determinate branches but corticate in primary axes. Spermatangia on short clavate branches. Cystocarps obvious, pedicellate. Tetrasporangial phase (‘Falkenbergia’ stage) diminutive, tufted, uniaxial with 3 periaxial cells, ecorticate. Tetrasporangia cruciately divided. Life history triphasic, with a heteromorphic gametophyte and tetrasporophytes.
Information contributed by: J.M. Huisman (2018).. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 25 Sep 2018 by M.D. Guiry.
Numbers of names and species: There are 6 species names in the database at present, as well as 2 infraspecific names. Of the species names, 3 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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Dijoux, L., Viard, F., & Payri, C. (2014). The more we search, the more we find: discovery of a new lineage and a new species complex in the genus Asparagopsis. PLoS ONE 9(7): 1-13.
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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: 01 January 2001 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 25 September 2018 by M.D. Guiry
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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2019. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 21 March 2019.