Melanothamnus Bornet & Falkenberg, 1901

Holotype species: Melanothamnus somalensis Bornet & Falkenberg

Original publication and holotype designation: Falkenberg, P. (1901). Die Rhodomelaceen des Golfes von Neapel und der angrenzenden Meeres-Abschnitte Heraus gegeben von der zoologischen Station zu Neapel. Fauna und Flora des Golfes von Neapel, Monographie 26. pp. i-xvi, 1-754, 10 figs, 24 pls. Berlin: Verlag von R. Friedländer & Sohns.

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Description: Thallus solitary, epiphytic or epilithic, polysiphonous, erect or decumbent; holdfasts of tightly clumped rhizoids cut off from basal pericentral or cortical cells; pericentral cells 4–9, corticate or not; branches mostly exogenous, some lateral branches cicatrigenous, not arising in connection with a trichoblast; trichoblasts moderately developed on the apex of branchlets, 1 per segment or with naked segments, spirally arranged, slender, elongate, simple or forked, with uninucleate cells, deciduous, often leaving conspicuous scar cells. Spermatangial branches arising from 1 fork of the trichoblast, cylindrical, sometimes with a sterile tip; procarps with a 3-celled carpogonial branch; cystocarps scattered on branchlets, not aggregated, globose or ovoid, very shortly pedicellate. Tetrasporangia tetrahedrally divided, forming spiral series in upper branchlets [after Díaz-Tapia et al. (2017: tab. 1)].

Information contributed by: Huisman (2018). The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2019-05-17 by M.D. Guiry.

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

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.

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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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