Pseudotetracystis R.D.Arneson, 1973
Holotype species: Pseudotetracystis terrestris Arneson
Original publication and holotype designation: Arneson, R.D. (1973). Pseudotetracystis, a new chlorosarcinacean alga. Journal of Phycology 9: 10-14.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Tsarenko, P.M. (2011). Sphaeropleales. In: Algae of Ukraine: diversity, nomenclature, taxonomy, ecology and geography. Volume 3: Chlorophyta. (Tsarenko, P.M., Wasser, S.P. & Nevo, E. Eds), pp. 280-355. Ruggell: A.R.A. Gantner Verlag K.-G..
Description: Thalli unicellular or consisting of diads or planar or tetrahedral tetrads; several generations of cells often forming irregular cell masses without gelatinous matrix. Thalli become multicellular through vegetative cell division (desmoschisis); cells often dissociating with age. Cells spherical to 16-20 &m diameter, with smooth cell walls. Cells uninucleate; chloroplast single and parietal, light green in young cells, becoming yellow-orange with age; pyrenoid single. Asexual reproduction by naked biflagellate zoospores. Zoospores 8-17 x 2.5-4 &m, with apically inserted flagella about 14.5 &m long and trailing; spore shape variable, often rounded at posterior and pointed at anterior; spores with anterior nucleus, eyespot and two contractile vacuoles. Sexual reproduction isogamous, gametes produced in cells of tetrahedral complexes. Gametes similar to zoospores; after syngamy, zygote initially quadriflagellate. Site of meiosis unknown. Pseudotetracystis known only from Texas in soil sample.
Information contributed by: D. Garbary. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 27 Jan 2012 by M.D. Guiry.
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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.
Created: 11 April 2002 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 27 January 2012 by M.D. Guiry
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