Norrissia Balakrishnan, 1980

Holotype species: Norrissia setchellii (Kylin) Balakrishnan

Original publication and holotype designation: Balakrishnan, M.S. (1980). Taxonomic studies on U.S. Pacific Cryptonemiaceae I. Two new genera: Isabbottia and Norrissia. In: Taxonomy of algae. Papers presented at the International Symposium on Taxonomy of Algae held at the Centre of Advanced Study in Botany, University of Madras, December 9-16, 1974. (Desikachary, T.V. & Raja Rao, V.N. Eds), pp. 273-286. Madras: University of Madras..

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Description: Flattened, lanceolate, with surface and marginal proliferations, themselves sometimes proliferous. Stipe short. Medulla of periclinal filaments intermixed with rhizoids. Cortex of oblong to spherical cells, progressively smaller toward cuticle. Carpogonial branch 3-4-celled, not found in ampulla; supporting cell with a one-celled sterile lateral. Auxiliary cell subterminal on a primary ampullar filament, within a separate ampulla with branching to four orders. Fertilized carpogonium initiating connecting filaments directly, each contacting a single auxiliary cell. Distinct gonimolobes developing from gonimoblast initial. Spermatangia apparently undescribed. Tetrasporophyte isomorphic. Tetrasporangia small, cruciate, attached sub-basally within the cortex.

Information contributed by: S.C. Lindstrom & J.A. Lewis. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2010-10-08 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: Known only from the northeast Pacific: southern British Columbia to central California. Requires reinvestigation.

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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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