Whidbeyella Setchell & N.L.Gardner, 1903
Holotype species: Whidbeyella cartilaginea Setchell & N.L.Gardner
Original publication and holotype designation: Setchell, W.A. & Gardner, N.L. (1903). Algae of northwestern America. University of California Publications in Botany 1: 165-418, Plates 17-27.
Description: Female gametophytes erect from discoid holdfast, stipitate; axes complanate, dichotomously branched blades with rounded apices, multiaxial, with a broad medulla of slender, branching rhizoidal filaments interspersed with large, thick-walled longitudinal filaments. Cortical filaments arising from larger cells of medulla, curving outward and branching dichotomously to form spherical cortical cells. Cortex surface a layer of large, lightly colored utricle cells surrounded by rosettes of smaller, richly pigmented cells. Female gametophytes form 3-celled carpogonial filaments at dichotomies of the larger medullary filaments; hypogynous cells form a whorl of 3 large nutritive cells prior to fertilization. Gonimoblast originates from the hypogynous cell. Pericarp originates from the supporting cell and basal cell of the carpogonial branch to form an ostiolate cavity. Gonimoblast filaments line the inner wall of the pericarp and form chains of carposporangia toward the center of the cavity. Male gametophytes and tetrasporophytes unknown.
Information contributed by: R.B. Searles. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2012-05-29 by Michael Guiry.
Taxonomic status: This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Le Gall, L. & Saunders, G.W. (2010). Establishment of a DNA-barcode library for the Nemaliales (Rhodophyta) from Canada and France uncovers overlooked diversity in the species Nemalion helminthoides (Velley) Batters. Cryptogamie Algologie 31(4): 403-421.
Comments: Rare; subtidal in Washington, USA and British Columbia, Canada.
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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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Michael Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 29 May 2012. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. https://www.algaebase.org; searched on 02 February 2023