Spermothamnion Areschoug, 1847

Holotype species: Spermothamnion turneri (Mertens ex Roth) Areschoug

Currently accepted name for the type species: Spermothamnion repens (Dillwyn) Magnus

Original publication and holotype designation: Areschoug, J.E. (1847). Phycearum, quae in maribus Scandinaviae crescunt, enumeratio. Sectio prior Fucaceas continens. Nova Acta Regiae Societatis Scientiarum Upsaliensis 13: 223-382, pls I-IX.

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Description: Thallus of prostrate and erect axes, variously branched, ecorticate. Procarps subapical, 4-celled carpogonial branch on one (supporting cell) of 3 pericentral cells, 2 of which produce auxiliary cells. Carposporophytes branched with terminal cells becoming carposporangia. Large fusion cell formed and 4 involucral filaments. Spermatangial heads sessile or stalked. Tetrasporangia on short stalks, tetrahedrally divided.

Information contributed by: E.M. Wollaston. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2017-03-25 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: Closely related to Tiffaniella Doty and Menez which differs in lacking an involucre and in having a T-shaped fusion cell and usually modified prostrate system (vide Huisman (1985 - phylogeny and relationships). Widespread. Recorded from most coasts.

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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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