Microcladia Greville, 1830

Holotype species: Microcladia glandulosa (Solander ex Turner) Greville

Original publication and holotype designation: Greville, R.K. (1830). Algae britannicae, or descriptions of the marine and other inarticulated plants of the British islands, belonging to the order Algae; with plates illustrative of the genera. pp. [i]-lxxxviii, [1]-218, pl. 1-19. Edinburgh & London: McLachlan & Stewart; Baldwin & Cradock.

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Description: Thallus erect, branching alternate or appearing pectinate distichous, terete to strongly compressed, apices forcipate, corticated throughout by irregular cells. Cells uninucleate. Procarps near branch apices on basal (supporting) cells of short lateral branches, 1 or 2 4-celled carpogonial branches on each supporting cell. Auxiliary cell, cut off from supporting cell, leading to development of carposporophyte with rounded groups of carposporangia, with or without involucre. Spermatangia on cells of outer cortical layers of upper branches. Tetrasporangia immersed in upper cortex, tetrahedrally divided. Closely allied to Ceramium Roth, some features like Carpoblepharis K├╝tzing.

Information contributed by: E.M. Wollaston. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2017-01-25 by M.D. Guiry.

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

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Schneider, C.W. & Wynne, M.J. (2007). A synoptic review of the classification of red algal genera a half a century after Kylin's "Die Gattungen der Rhodophyceen". Botanica Marina 50: 197-249.

Comments: Widespread in temperate to warm seas.

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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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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 25 January 2017. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. https://www.algaebase.org; searched on 28 May 2024

 
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