Holotype species: Elakatothrix gelatinosa Wille
Original publication and holotype designation: Wille, N. (1898). Beschreibung einiger Planktonalgen aus norwegischen süsswasserseen. Biologisches Centralblatt 18: 302.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Tsarenko, P.M. (2011). Trebouxiophyceae. In: Algae of Ukraine: diversity, nomenclature, taxonomy, ecology and geography. Volume 3: Chlorophyta. (Tsarenko, P.M., Wasser, S.P. & Nevo, E. Eds), pp. 61-108. Ruggell: A.R.A. Gantner Verlag K.-G..
Description: Cells solitary or colonial, embedded in broad gelatinous matrix. After division, diads often more or less linearly arranged with cells touching or separated. Colony shape indefinite, determined by cell arrangement, side by side, and/or in a row, or at random, and by cell number. Cell membrane thin and hyaline, surrounded by mucilaginous , seldomly-layered sheath of different width. Cells fusiform, cylindrical, oval or elliptical, with rounded or pointed apices. Chloroplast single and parietal, laminate, cup- or girdle-shaped, straight or spiral, usually with one or two pyrenoids. Asexual reproduction known only by aplanospores. Multiplication of cells by vegetative cell division. Sexual reproduction unknown. Elakatothrix widely distributed planktonic algae in freshwater; juveniles may be epiphytic.
Information contributed by: G.M. Lokhorst. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 20 Dec 2011 by M.D. Guiry.
Comments: Elakatothrix is a widely distributed planktonic algae in freshwater; juveniles may grow epiphytically.
Numbers of names and species: There are 20 species names in the database at present, as well as 4 infraspecific names. Of the species names, 15 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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Cambra Sánchez, J., Álvarez Cobelas, M. & Aboal Sanjurjo, M. (1998). Lista florística y bibliográfica de los clorófitos (Chlorophyta) de la Península Ibérica, Islas Baleares e Islas Canarias. pp. 1-614. Burgos: Asociación Española de Limnología.
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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: 11 April 2002 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 20 December 2011 by M.D. Guiry
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