Wrightiella F.Schmitz, 1893
Holotype species: Wrightiella blodgettii (Harvey) F.Schmitz
Original publication and holotype designation: Schmitz, F. (1893). Die Gattung Lophothalia J. Ag. Berichte der deutsche botanischen Gesellschaft 11: 212-232.
Description: Thalli erect, attached by rhizomatous holdfast, up to 3(+) dm high. Many cylindrical branches, polysiphonous with 4 pericentral cells; pigmented, branched trichoblasts on every segment, forming a 1/4 spiral series, often deciduous but sometimes persistent; few to many short, spur- to thorn-like polysiphonous branchlets endogenously formed on axes adjacent to trichoblasts; sometimes indeterminate branches developed instead. Thick proximal cortication but distal regions often thinly corticated. Reproductive structures on trichoblasts. Tetrasporangial stichidia distal in trichoblast, often with monosiphonous trichoblast branchlets along axis; one tetrasporangium per segment forming a spiral series that usually is swollen at maturity. Procarps on 2nd cell from base of trichoblast, becoming polysiphonous; cystocarp ovoid and with a short stalk. Spermatangia formed on regenerated polysiphonous branches, lateral on trichoblasts (Masuda (1982).
Information contributed by: R.E. Norris. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2010-10-07 by M.D. Guiry.
Taxonomic status: This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.
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: Tropical and sub-tropical, western Atlantic and Caribbean from North Carolina to Brazil; Japan.
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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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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 07 October 2010. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. https://www.algaebase.org; searched on 02 October 2023