Halopithys Kützing, 1843
Holotype species: Halopithys pinastroides (Stackhouse) Kützing
Currently accepted name for the type species: Halopithys incurva (Hudson) Batters
Original publication and holotype designation: Kützing, F.T. (1843). Phycologia generalis oder Anatomie, Physiologie und Systemkunde der Tange. Mit 80 farbig gedruckten Tafeln, gezeichnet und gravirt vom Verfasser. pp. [part 1]: [i]-xxxii, -142, [part 2:] 143-458, 1, err.], pls 1-80. Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
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.
In ING the type species is cited as H. pinastroides (S.G.Gmelin) Kützing (Fucus pinastroides S.G.Gmelin) and in Phillips & De Clerck (2005: 17) it is cited as H. pinastroides (S.G. Gmel.) Kütz [=H. incurva (Huds.) Batters). Fucus pinastroides S.G.Gmelin is an illegitimate names as the author cites Fucus incurvus Hudson, 1762, in synonymy. - (8 May 2007) - M.D. Guiry
Originally 'Halopithys', the correct othography is Halopitys (De Toni 1903: 1080; Preda 1908-9: 190, and Athanasiadis 2016: 1382, footnote 4); however, alteration of Kützing's original spelling would requries conservation. - (19 Jan 2017) - M.D. Guiry
Description: Thallus erect, attached by a rhizomatose holdfast; monopodial with many polysiphonous cylindrical branches, 5 pericentrals enclosed by several layers of corticating tissue; branches regularly and pectinately arranged in two adaxial rows, often paired, branches dorsiventrally oriented, especially notable in distal branchlets which have recurved apices. Trichoblasts in a single median row on dorsal side of thallus. Reproduction by lanceolate tetrasporangial stichidia formed in positions of ultimate branchlets; tetrasporangia tetrahedrally divided, two per segment forming two longitudinal rows in the stichidia, borne on pericentrals 3 and 4. Gametangia borne in positions of trichoblasts on dorsal sides of specially produced polysiphonous ramuli; spermatangial capitula ovoid, several on each ramulus; cystocarps spheroid to ovoid, usually singly produced on fertile ramuli which become stalks of mature cystocarps.
Information contributed by: R.E. Norris. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 10 Jul 2019 by .
Comments: Eastern warm Atlantic from southern Great Britain to the Canary Islands, and within the Mediterranean. Low intertidal to subtidal.
Numbers of names and species: There are 6 species names in the database at present, of which 3 have been flagged as accepted taxonomically on the basis of the listed literature under the species name. In some instances, opinions on taxonomic validity differ from author to author and users are encouraged to form their own opinion. AlgaeBase is a work in progress and should not be regarded as a definitive source only as a guide to the literature..
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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.
Created: 28 December 2000 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 10 July 2019 by
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Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2021. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 17 January 2021.