Rhabdonia Hooker f. & Harvey, 1847

Lectotype species: Rhabdonia coccinea (Harvey) Harvey

Original publication: Harvey, W.H. & Hooker, J.D. (1847). LV. Algae L. In: The botany of the Antarctic voyage of H.M. discovery ships Erebus and Terror, in the years 1839-1843, under the command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, Kt., R.N., F.R.S., etc. by Joseph Dalton Hooker, M.D., R.N., F.L.S., assistant surgeon of the "Erebus" and botanist to the expedition. Vol. 1. Flora antarctica. Part I. Botany of Lord Auckland's Group and Campbell's Island. (Hooker, J.D. Eds), pp. 454-502. London: L. Reeve.

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Type designated in: Schmitz, F. (1889). Systematische √úbersicht der bisher bekannten Gattungen der Florideen. Flora oder Allgemeine botanische Zeitung 72: 435-456, pl. XXI.

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Description: Plants of the largest species reach 25 cm in length. Thalli are erect from a discoid or fibrous holdfast and are either cylindrical or segamented into clavate to elongate ovoid segments. Fronds are uniaxial, cells of the central axial filament giving rise to a single periaxial cell in 3 longitudinal planes. The medulla is broad and filamentous, the central axial filament being indistinct except at the apices. The cortex is narrow and consists of large inner and small outer cells. Carpogonial branches are 3(-4)-celled, with the basal cell occasionally bearing a sterile cell. Fertilized carpogonia emit a single connecting filament. Auxiliary cells are intercalary in a cortical filament of deeply staining and enlarged cells (an "auxiliary cell complex"). Carposporophytes consist of a central fusion cell that incorporates cells of the cortical filament subtending the auxiliary cell, but not cells of the central axial filament, the fusion cell distally being surrounded by a few layers of radiating gonimoblast cells bearing short chains of carposporangia. Cystocarps are embedded in the axes, communicate externally by an ostiole, and lack or have only a rudimentary filamentous hull around the inner pericarp. Gametophytes are monoecious, the spermatangial mother cells occurring in surface patches. Tetrasporangia are laterally pit-connected and scattered in the cortex.

Information contributed by: G.T. Kraft. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2021-10-10 by E.A. Molinari Novoa.

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

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Kylin, H. (1956). Die Gattungen der Rhodophyceen. pp. i-xv, 1-673, 458 figs. Lund: C.W.K. Gleerups.

Comments: The anatomy of the genus has been detailed by Min-Thein and Womersley (1976), who treated it as the type of the family Rhabdoniaceae. Gabrielson and Hommersand (1982) transferred it to the Solieriaceae as a member of the tribe Solierieae. Distribution: Although several species of supposed Rhabdonia have been described from such extra-Australian localities as South and eastern Africa, the Marquesas Islands, the Canary Islands and Thailand, the only verifiable members are those treated by Min-Thein and Womersley, all of which are endemic to southern Australia. Mshigeni and Papenfuss (1981) have recently removed the east African species to Solieria because of its multiaxial, rather than uniaxial, construction.

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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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