Neorhodomela Masuda, 1982

Holotype species: Neorhodomela munita (Perestenko) Masuda

Original publication and holotype designation: Masuda, M. (1982). A systematic study of the tribe Rhodomeleae (Rhodomelaceae, Rhodophyta). Journal of the Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University, Series V, Botany 12(4): 209-400, pls 1-28.

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Description: Upright, up to 20 cm tall, cylindrical, polysiphonous thalli from a discoidal holdfast; many branches, both determinate and indeterminate, spirally oriented; branches formed exogenously or adventitiously, the latter sometimes in axils of other branchlets. 6 pericentral cells (sometimes 5), each dividing transversely, the distal cell retaining pit connection with axial cell; each pericentral cell product having anticlinal and periclinal divisions. Both determinate and indeterminate branches dorsiventrally oriented in having deciduous pigmented trichoblasts only on abaxial side, in 2 zig-zag rows (in the type species); in other species (N. larix) trichoblasts on indeterminate branches are arranged in a spiral on the axis but in 2 rows on determinate branchlets. Germlings bipolar, erect system with dorsiventral orientation, trichoblasts zig-zag in two rows on dorsal side, germling curved ventrally. Gametophytic reproductive structures replacing trichoblasts on determinate laterals. Male capitula cylindrical, without a sterile tip. Procarp on suprabasal polysiphonous segment, comprised of 4-celled carpogonial branch and 2 sterile cell groups attached to the supporting cell; cystocarps ovoid to spheroid, ostiolate, often almost sessile on branchlet. Tetrasporangia in unmodified determinate curved vegetative branchlets, 2 per segment.

Information contributed by: R.E. Norris. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2017-01-26 by M.D. Guiry.

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

Gender: This genus name is currently treated as feminine.

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: Intertidal, temperate North Pacific. Similar to Rhodomela but separated by the dorsiventral orientation of trichoblasts on some branches in Neorhodomela, those of Rhodomela always being spirally arranged on axes.

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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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