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Cyanothece Komárek, 1976

Empire Prokaryota
Kingdom Eubacteria
Subkingdom Negibacteria
Phylum Cyanobacteria
Class Cyanophyceae
Subclass Oscillatoriophycidae
Order Oscillatoriales
Family Cyanothecaceae

Holotype species: Cyanothece aeruginosa (Nägeli) Komárek

Original publication and holotype designation: Komárek, J. (1976). Taxonomic review of the genera Synechocystis Sauv. 1892, Synechococcus Näg. 1849, and Cyanothece gen. nov (Cyanophyceae). Archiv für Protistenkunde 118: 119-179.

Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.

Gender: This genus name is currently treated as feminine.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Komárek, J., Kastovsky, J., Mares, J. & Johansen, J.R. (2014). Taxonomic classification of cyanoprokaryotes (cyanobacterial genera) 2014, using a polyphasic approach. Preslia 86: 295-335.

Description: Unicellular; cells solitary or in irregular groups, oval, widely oval, ellipsoidal or almost cylindrical with widely rounded ends, mainly longer than 3 _m (up to100 _m long) and (1.8)6-52 _m wide, without mucilage or with very fine and thin gelatinous layer around the cells. Cells with blue-green, olive-green or pinkish up to violet cell content, sometimes with dispersed prominent granules and with keritomized chromatoplasm (especially arranged groups of thylakoids). Cells nonmotile or slightly motile. GC-content of the DNA = approx. 42 mol. percent (acc. to Rippka and Cohen-Bazire 1983, only 2 strains studied). Involution cells irregular. Reproduction by cell division, perpendicular to one (longer) axis of the cell into 2 morphologically identical semiglobular daughter cells, which grow up to the original shape before the next division; the cells divide repeatedly in only one plane in the succeeding generations. In metaphyton of shallow pits, pools, moors, swamps and small lakes with plenty of aquatic plants, rarely secondary in plankton; 2 (and probably more) species occur in saline and hypersaline swamps; few species grow subaerophytically on barks of trees, wet rocks and in humid soils, several only in thermal springs. The majority of species have their limited areas of distribution (in respect of their special ecology). The members with "small" (33.5 _m) cells and the strains studied by Rippka and Cohen-Bazire (1983) belong probably to the genus Cyanobium or to a new genus.

Information contributed by: J. Komárek. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 3 Mar 2019 by M.D. Guiry.

Numbers of names and species: There are 15 species names in the database at present, as well as 2 infraspecific names. Of the species names, 5 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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Komárek, J. (2003). Coccoid and colonial cyanobacteria. In: Freshwater Algae of North America. Ecology and Classification. (Wehr, J.D. & Sheath, R.G. Eds), pp. 59-116. Amsterdam Boston London New York Oxford Paris San Diego San Fransisco Singapore Sydney Tokyo: Academic Press.

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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: 03 March 2019 by M.D. Guiry

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