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Erythrocystis J.Agardh, 1876

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Biliphyta
Phylum Rhodophyta
Subphylum Eurhodophytina
Class Florideophyceae
Subclass Rhodymeniophycidae
Order Ceramiales
Family Rhodomelaceae
Tribe Laurencieae

Holotype species: Erythrocystis grevillei J.Agardh

Currently accepted name for the type species: Erythrocystis saccata (J.Agardh) P.C.Silva

Original publication and holotype designation: Agardh, J.G. (1876). Species genera et ordines algarum, seu descriptiones succinctae specierum, generum et ordinum, quibus algarum regnum constituitur. Volumen tertium: de Florideis curae posteriores. Part 1. pp. [ii*-iii*], [i]-[viï], [1]-724. Lipsiae [Leipzig]: C.W.K. Gleerup.
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Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.

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.

Nomenclatural notes
Monotypic when first introduced. The type is an illegitimate substitute name for Lomentaria? saccata J.Agardh (=Erythrocystis saccata (J.Agardh) P.C.Silva. - (26 Jan 2017) - M.D. Guiry

Description: Thallus hemiparasitic on Laurencia, occasionally on Chondria; a cylindrical upright branch on host, becoming hollow distally, attached by a single large rhizoidal cell (sometimes more according to Goff 1982) that deeply penetrates host; hollow thallus becomes an obpyriform to ellipsoidal vesicle, up to 3.5 cm long. Axis polysiphonous, soon obscured by division into 2-3 layers of corticating tissue; apical cell initiating colorless, deciduous mostly simple trichoblasts on most segments; adventitious trichoblasts sometimes formed. Axis may also have a few adventitious polysiphonous branches. Reproductive structures in mostly distal sori on thallus. Male capitula replacing trichoblasts, in sori on thallus surface; cylindrical to ellipsoidal with monosiphonous stalks. Procarps on 2nd cell of deciduous trichoblast, located at thallus surface; supporting cell with a 4-celled carpogonial branch and 2 sterile cell groups; cystocarps immersed in cortex, protruding from thallus surface, ostiolate. Tetrasporangia in sori developed from cortex; 2 cover cells formed before the sporangium. In the Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands and the warm temperate west coast of North America. Structrual and reproductive characters ally Erythrocystis as a close relative of its host, Laurencia or, more rarely, Chondria.

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

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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: 26 January 2017 by M.D. Guiry

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