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Oscillatoria princeps Vaucher ex Gomont

Publication details
Oscillatoria princeps Vaucher ex Gomont 1892: 206, pl. VI/6: fig. 9

Published in: Gomont, M. (1892 '1893'). Monographie des Oscillariées (Nostocacées Homocystées). Deuxième partie. - Lyngbyées. Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Botanique, Série 7 16: 91-264, pls 1-7.
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Type species
This is the type species (lectotype) of the genus Oscillatoria.

Status of name
This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Homotypic Synonym(s)
Trichophorus princeps (Vaucher) Desvaux 1809
Oscillatoriella princeps (Vaucher) Gaillon 1833
Lyngbya princeps (Vaucher ex Gomont) Hansgirg 1893

Habitat notes
Fresh water, brackish water and sewage; initially on mud at bottom of ponds and later becoming loosely entangled with aquatic plants and forming a free floating mass (Khalid et al. 2010). - (3 May 2011) - Wendy Guiry

Benthic or floating in standing or slow-flowing moderately nutrient-rich freshwaters (Whitton in John et al. 2002). - (6 Jul 2012) - Wendy Guiry

Usage notes
Antimicrobial activity; fatty acids (Khalid et al. 2010). - (3 May 2011) - Wendy Guiry

General environment
This is a ubiquitous species.

Trichomes blue-green, highly motile, not constricted at the cross-walls, narrowing toward the often bent ends, 24–36 ?m wide in the central area of the trichome and 14-27 (30) µm wide at the ends. Apical cells nearly hemispherical and often yellowish (together with up to five adjacent cells). Granulation never located at the cross-walls, but fine to larger granules randomly dispersed throughout cells. Cells 2-9 µm long, new cell walls form from the outside of the trichome often before the previous division is finished. Cell wall colourless and thick, necridic cells present, no sheath or calyptra observed (Mühlsteinová et al. 2018: 158).

Blue-green mats first probably growing on the bottom of freshwater reservoirs, later often released and floating at the water surface.

Type information
Lectotype locality: Vosges, France. (Drouet 1968: 174). Lectotype: CN (Drouet 1968: 174). Notes: A "Holotype" an illustration in Gomont (1892, Ann. Sci. Nat. Bot. ser. 7, 16, plate 6, fig. 9") is given by Mühlsteinová et al. (2018:fig. 1 D); however, this can only be a lectotype (iconotype) and a lectotype was slected by Drouet (1968: 174, "type specimen, annotated by Kützing and studied by Gomont") in CN from Vosges in France. Epitype designated by Mühlsteinová & Guiry (2018:1): CBFS A-89-1, desiccated strain CCALA 1115 deposited in Herbarium of the University of South Bohemia, Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic (CBFS).

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Key references
Desikachary, T.V. (1959). Cyanophyta. pp. [i]-x, [1]-686, pls 1-139. New Delhi: Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

Geitler, L. (1932). Cyanophyceae. In: Kryptogamen-Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. Ed. 2. (Rabenhorst, L. Eds) Vol. 14, pp. 673-1196, i-[vi]. Leipzig: Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft.

Hirose, H., Yamagishi, T. & Akiyama, M. (1977). Illustrations of the Japanese fresh-water algae. pp. [8 col. pls], [1]-933, 244 pls in text. Tokyo: Uchida Rokakuho Publishing Co., Ltd. [in Japanese]

Komárek, J. & Anagnostidis, K. (2005). Süsswasserflora von Mitteleuropa. Cyanoprokaryota: 2. Teil/2nd Part: Oscillatoriales. Vol. 19 pp. 1-759. München: Elsevier Spektrum Akademischer Verlag.

McGregor, G.B. (2007). Freshwater Cyanoprokaryota of North-Eastern Australia 1: Oscillatoriales. Flora of Australia Supplementary Series Number 24. pp. [i]-vi, [1]-123, 17 figs, 14 pls. Canberra: Australia Biological Resources Study.

Mühlsteinová, R. & Guiry, M.D. (2018). Seeking the true Oscillatoria: corrected epitypification of O. princeps Vaucher ex Gomont (Oscillatoriaceae, Cyanobacteria). Notulae Algarum 83: 1 only.

Mühlsteinová, R., Hauer, T., De Lay, P. & Pietrasiak, N. (2018). Seeking the true Oscillatoria: a quest for a reliable phylogenetic and taxonomic reference point. Preslia (Prague) 90: 151-169, 4 figs.

Park, J.-G. (2012). Algal flora of Korea. Volume 5, Number 1. Cyanophyta: Cyanophyceae; Chlrococcales, Oscillatoriales Freshwater Cyanoprokaryota I. pp. [1-6], 1-71, figs 1-101. Incheon: National Institute of Biological Resources.

Silva, S.M.F. & Pienaar, R.N. (2000). Some benthic marine cyanophyceae of Mauritius. Botanica Marina 43: 11-27, 86 figs.

Vaucher, J.-P. [É.] (1803). Histoire des conferves d'eau douce. Contenant leurs différens modes de reproduction, et la description de leurs principales espèces, suivie de l'histoire des trémelles et des ulves d'eau douce. pp. [i]-xv, [1]-285 [2], pls I-XVII plates. Genève [Geneva]: chez J.J. Paschoud, Libraire.

Whitton, B.A. (2002). Phylum Cyanophyta (Cyanobacteria). In: The Freshwater Algal Flora of the British Isles. An identification guide to freshwater and terrestrial algae. (John, D.M., Whitton, B.A. & Brook, A.J. Eds), pp. 25-122. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Whitton, B.A. (2011). Cyanobacteria (Cyanophyta). In: The freshwater algal flora of the British Isles. An identification guide to freshwater and terrestrial algae. Second edition. (John, D.M., Whitton, B.A. & Brook, A.J. Eds), pp. 31-158. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Created: 08 August 2000 by M.D. Guiry

Verified by: 14 December 2018 by M.D. Guiry

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Aftab, J. & Shameel, M. (2007). Phycochemistry and bioactivity of Oscillatoria princeps (Nostocophyceae Shameel) from Miani Hor, Pakistan. International Journal of Phycology and Phycochemistry 3(2): 159-168.
Halfen, L.N. & Castenholz, R.W. (1971). Gliding motility in the blue-green alga Oscillatoria princeps. Journal of Phycology 7: 133-145, 18 figs, 2 tables.
Halfen, L.N. & Halfen, M.E. (1978). Influence of trichome length on linear translation in Oscillatoria princeps (Cyanophyceae). Journal of Phycology 14: 437-439, 1 fig, 2 tables.
Khalid, M.N., Shameel, M., Ahmad, V.U. & Leghari, S.M (2010). Studies on the bioactivity and phytochemistry of Oscillatoria princeps (Cyanophycota) from Sindh. Int. J. Phycol. Phycochem. 6(2): 73-80.
Kumar, H.D., Jha, M. & Kumar, A. (1986). Stimulation of nitrate reductase activity by blue light in a thermophilic cyanobacterium, Oscillatoria princeps. British Phycological Journal 21: 165-169.
Mühlsteinová, R. & Guiry, M.D. (2018). Seeking the true Oscillatoria: corrected epitypification of O. princeps Vaucher ex Gomont (Oscillatoriaceae, Cyanobacteria). Notulae Algarum 83: 1 only.
Shukovsky, E.S. & Halfen, L.N. (1976). Cellular differentiation of terminal regions of trichomes of Oscillatoria princeps (Cyanophyceae). Journal of Phycology 12: 336-342, 11 figs.

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