Chlorococcum Meneghini, 1842, nom. et typ. cons.

Holotype species: Chlorococcum infusionum (Schrank) Meneghini

Original publication and holotype designation: Meneghini, G. (1843). Monographia Nostochinearum italicarum addito specimine de Rivulariis. Memorie della Reale Accademia delle Scienze di Torino, ser. 2 5: 1-143, pls I-XVII.

Description: Vegetative cells solitary or in temporary groups of indefinite form, never embedded in gelatin. Cells ellipsoidal to spherical and vary in size. Cell walls smooth. Parietal chloroplast with or without a peripheral opening and with one or more pyrenoids. Cells uniucleate, or multinucleate just prior to zoosporogenesis. Reproduction by zoospores, aplanospores, or isogametes. Motile cells have two equal flagella and remain ellipsoidal for a time after motility ceases (Chlamydomonas-type). This free-living genus is cosmopolitan.

Information contributed by: T.R. Deason, emend, Shin, Watanabe & Lewis (Watanabe & Lewis, 2017: 337). The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2023-07-25 by E.A. Molinari Novoa.

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

Gender: This genus name is currently treated as neuter.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Tsarenko, P.M. (2011). Chlorococcales. In: Algae of Ukraine: diversity, nomenclature, taxonomy, ecology and geography. Volume 3: Chlorophyta. (Tsarenko, P.M., Wasser, S.P. & Nevo, E. Eds), pp. 232-264. Ruggell: A.R.A. Gantner Verlag K.-G..

Comments: Ultrastructure studies have shown that a phycoplast is present in at least some species and that the zoospores have clockwise absolute orientation of their basal bodies. Though primarily an edaphic alga, it has been reported from such diverse habitats as hot springs in Central Asia and soils collected in Antarctica. Aquatic, marine, and aerial isolates have been recorded. Physiological studies of several species have determined the effect of various nutrients and inhibitors on growth. The ability to produce certain enzymes and secondary carotenoids also has been determined. A serological study was performed to determine the relationship between Chlorococcum and Tetracystis which differs morphologically only in the ability of the latter to form tetrads by desmoschisis.

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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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E.A. Molinari Novoa in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 25 July 2023. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 24 April 2024

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