Acetabularia J.V.Lamouroux, 1812, nom. cons.

Holotype species: Acetabularia acetabulum (Linnaeus) P.C.Silva

Original publication and holotype designation: Lamouroux, [J.V.F.] (1812). Extrait d'un mémoire sur la classification des Polypiers coralligènes non entièrement pierreux. Nouveaux Bulletin des Sciences, par la Société Philomathique de Paris 3: 181-188.

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Description: Thallus unbranched unicell 1-6 cm long, composed of a compact rhizoid, a tubular stalk ca. 1 mm diam., whorls of thrice-branched sterile laterals and a more or less flattened apical cap 0.5-1.5 cm dia. Whorls periodical from the apex of the stalk and deciduous leaving scars. The mature cap composed of 30-75 free or joined, terminally tapered or rounded elongate rays, which are associated basally with whorls of enlargements, the basipetal inferior corona and the apical superior corona from which project sterile laterals. Thallus lightly to heavily calcified. Thallus size, cap diameter and cap morphology are important species characteristics. Numerous parietal, discoid, grass green plastids without pyrenoids circulate in the peripheral cytoplasm which surrounds a large central vacuole. Chloroplast ultrastructure variable, without or with stacked grana; variable species specific. Starch grains in chloroplast and cytoplasm, the latter not membrane bound. Vegetative cells with a single diploid primary nucleus 75-200 mm dia. located in a branch of the rhizoid. Nucleate and anucleate fragments regenerate normal thalli. Primary nuclear division meiotic followed by a series of mitotic divisions forming secondary nuclei which migrate up the stalk establishing themselves in the rays. Uninucleate aggregations of cytoplasm become thick-walled cysts the nuclei of which further divide and form biflagellate isogametes. Number of cysts per ray variable into the 100's. Gametes 20-50 per cyst . Gametes from heterogenetic cysts fuse after liberation through an ostiole formed by a structured operculum, the cysts liberated from the rays. From zygote germination to gamete liberation takes ca 1 yr. Asexual reproduction by fragmentation, regeneration or development from basal rhizoids. Parthenogenesis of gametes reported in culture but thalli did not form normal apices. Acetabularia pantropical and subtropical. A. calyculus found at 37.5%N and A. mobii at 34%N in Japan. Common in brackish to hypersaline shallow waters. Thalli firmly attached to solid substrates such as stones, coral rubble, shells as well as to wood and industrial detritus such as rubber. Variable seasonal life history especially at the cool extremes of the range. Known from fossil record to Tertiary. The development, nucleo-cytoplasmic interactions, biochemistry, photobiology, genetics and molecular biology of Acetabularia species have been extensively studied. Changes in microtubules and microfilaments associated with key phenomena during growth and differentiation. The taxonomy remains uncertain with some authors accepting the generic segregates Chalmasia and Polyphysa, and others segregating Acetabularia in family Polyphysaceae with Halicoryne or place these genera in a subfamily of Dasycladaceae.

Information contributed by: L.B. Liddle. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2015-10-19 by M.D. Guiry.

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

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Silva, P.C. (1952). A review of nomenclatural conservation in the algae from the point of view of the type method. University of California Publications in Botany 25: 241-323.

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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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