Herpochondria F.Schmitz & Falkenberg, 1897

Holotype species: Herpochondria corallinae (G.Martens) Falkenberg

Original publication and holotype designation: Schmitz, F. & Falkenberg, P. (1897). Rhodomelaceae. In: Die natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien nebst ihren Gattungen und wichtigeren Arten insbesondere den Nutzpflanzen unter Mitwirkung zahlreicher hervorragender Fachgelehrten, Teil 1, Abteilung 2. (Engler, A. & Prantl, K. Eds), pp. 421-480. Leipzig: verlag von Wilhelm Engelmann.

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Description: Thallus small, prostrate, cartilaginous, dorsiventral, with alternate lateral branches separated by several axial cells and linked to form flattened thallus. Cortical filaments initiated from cells of lateral branches, finally forming cortical layers 1-several cells thick. Procarps and groups of sterile cells on first pericentral (supporting) cells of fertile branchlets. Carpogonial branch 4celled. Auxiliary cell, cut off from supporting cell, incorporated into fusion cell and producing several groups of carposporangia surrounded by broad involucral branches. Spermatangia not recorded. Tetrasporangia adaxial on pericentral cells near branch tips, appearing as stichidia with rows of sporangia parallel to central axis, immersed in thallus. Thallus reminiscent of Rhodomelaceae, procarp and carposporophyte development as in Ceramiaceae.

Information contributed by: E.M. Wollaston. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2010-10-06 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: Recorded in warm seas. Recorded from Java and Japan.

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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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