Holotype species: Leptosiphonia schousboei (Thuret) Kylin
Original publication and holotype designation: Kylin, H. (1956). Die Gattungen der Rhodophyceen. pp. i-xv, 1-673, 458 figs. Lund: C.W.K. Gleerups.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Gender: This genus name is currently treated as feminine.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Díaz-Tapia, P., Maggs, C.A., West, J.A. & Verbruggen, H. (2017). Analysis of chloroplast genomes and a supermatrix inform reclassification of the Rhodomelaceae (Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology 53(5): 920-937, 2 figs.
Description: Polysiphonous thalli, proximally prostrate, but not forming a truly dorsiventral orientation, with ascending branch ends. Radially oriented cylindrical branches with branched trichoblasts on most distal segments in 1/4 spiral. (4-) 8-17 pericentral cells with some proximal cortication usually present. Polysiphonous branches borne on basal cells of trichoblast. Reproductive structures distal on unspecialized branches. Cystocarps ovoid, ostiolate and on short stalks. Male capitula cylindrical, replacing trichoblasts on branch tips. Tetrasporangia two per segment, in two rows on diametrally opposite sides of branch.
Information contributed by: Amended by Savoie & Saunders (2019: 12) with addition of pericentral numbers fide Alicia Boraso.. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 11 Jun 2021 by M.D. Guiry.
Comments: Amended description (Savoie & Saunders, 2019: 12). Leptosiphonia is identical to some Polysiphonia species except for the production of 2 tetrasporangia per fertile segment.
Numbers of names and species: There are 5 species names in the database at present, of which 5 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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Savoie, A.M. & Saunders, G.W. (2018 '2019'). A molecular assessment of species diversity and generic boundaries in the red algal tribes Polysiphonieae and Streblocladieae (Rhodomelaceae, Rhodophyta) in Canada. European Journal of Phycology 54(1): 1-25.
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Some of the descriptions included in AlgaeBase were originally from the unpublished Encyclopedia of Algal Genera, organised in the 1990s by Dr Bruce Parker on behalf of the Phycological Society of America (PSA) and intended to be published in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: 18 July 2017 by M.D. Guiry
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