Mastophora Decaisne, 1842

Holotype species: Mastophora licheniformis Decaisne

Currently accepted name for the type species: Mastophora rosea (C.Agardh) Setchell

Original publication and holotype designation: Decaisne, J. (1842). Essais sur une classification des algues et des polypiers calcifères de Lamouroux. Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Botanique, Seconde Série 17: 297-380, [pls 14-17].

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Description: Thallus light pink to purple, forming thin crusts or erect branched thalli without protuberances, loosely attached by cell adhesion or rhizoids. Structure dimerous. Epithallial cells rounded or flattened, not flared. Cortical filaments 1–5 cells long, sometimes joined by fusions; secondary pit connections lacking. Trichocytes solitary or in clusters. Reproductive structures in protuberant uniporate conceptacles. Tetrasporangial conceptacles with a central columella. Apical sporangial plugs absent.

Information contributed by: R.A. Townsend & J.M. Huisman (2018).. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2018-09-25 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: Mastophora is probably tropical and subtropical in distribution, although this is uncertain because of problems of identification. It has been reported from southeastern Asia and from islands in the tropical western Pacific. As recently circumscribed this genus is most closely related to Lithoporella and Metamastophora.

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Some of the descriptions included in AlgaeBase were originally from the unpublished Encyclopedia of Algal Genera, organised in the 1990s by Dr Bruce Parker on behalf of the Phycological Society of America (PSA) and intended to be published in CD format. These AlgaeBase descriptions are now being continually updated, and each current contributor is identified above. The PSA and AlgaeBase warmly acknowledge the generosity of all past and present contributors and particularly the work of Dr Parker.

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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