Chondracanthus Kützing, 1843

Lectotype species: Chondracanthus chauvinii (Bory) Kützing

Currently accepted name for the type species: Chondracanthus chamissoi (C.Agardh) Kützing

Original publication: Kützing, F.T. (1843). Phycologia generalis oder Anatomie, Physiologie und Systemkunde der Tange. Mit 80 farbig gedruckten Tafeln, gezeichnet und gravirt vom Verfasser. pp. [part 1]: [i]-xxxii, [1]-142, [part 2:] 143-458, 1, err.], pls 1-80. Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus.

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Type designated in: Setchell, W.A. & Gardner, N.L. (1933). A preliminary survey of Gigartina, with special reference to its Pacific North American species. University of California Publications in Botany 17: 255-339, Plates 46-65.

Precise date of publication: 14-16 Sept 1843

Description: Thalli composed of one or more erect axes from a discoid or crustose holdfast, the erect axes initially cylindrical and either remaining cylindrical or becoming compressed or flattened; axes repeatedly pinnately branched or foliaceous and either simple or basally or marginally proliferous, often bearing numerous vegetative or reproductive branchlets, or sparsely to thickly covered by vegetative or reproductive papillae. Growth multiaxial by means of apical and marginal meristems and consisting of files of outwardly directed branched cortical filaments overlying an internal network of medullary filaments. Primary medullary filaments initially elongating longitudinally and connecting laterally and basally by one- to several-celled secondary filaments to form a loose meshwork composed of narrow to broad cells that are often flattened in the plane of the blade. Gametophytes dioecious or monoecious. Spermatangia formed in superficial sori on fertile branchlets, pinnules or papillae. Procarps initiated near apex on branchlets, pinnules or papillae and consisting of a supporting cell modified from an inner cortical cell that bears a 3-celled carpogonial branch; supporting cell functioning as the auxiliary cell; auxiliary cell forming few protrusions and gonimoblast initials from the inner side, surrounded by a compact envelope often divisible into inner vacuolate and outer cytoplasm-rich layers; gonimoblast filaments penetrating inner layer of envelope and linking to envelope cells by secondary pit connections late in cystocarp development; carposporangia borne in short chains interspersed among sterile gonimoblast filaments and enlarged envelope cells; terminal tubular gonimoblast cells fusing with cells of outer envelope; pericarp and ostiole sometimes present, formed early in cystocarp development by resumed growth of cortical filaments. Tetrasporangial sori small to large, sometimes nemathecial, localized in inner cortex; tetrasporangia in simple or branched chains, transformed from cells in primary cortical filaments; secondary tetrasporangial filaments absent; tetraspores released by gelatinous extrusion through pores in outer wall.

The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2021-12-07 by E.A. Molinari Novoa.

Taxonomic status: This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Gender: This genus name is currently treated as masculine.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Rodríguez, C.Y., Tellier, F., Pérez-Araneda, K. & Otaíza, R.D. (2021). Taxonomic position of the two sympatric forms of Chondracanthus chamissoi (f. lessonii and f. chauvinii) (Rhodophyta, Gigartinaceae) by using two molecular markers. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research 49(1): 182-187, 1 figure, 1 table.

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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.

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