Chlorella Beyerinck [Beijerinck], 1890, nom. cons.

Lectotype species: Chlorella vulgaris Beijerinck

Original publication: Beijerinck, M.W. (1890). Culturversuche mit Zoochlorellen, Lichenengonidien und anderen niederen Algen. Botanische Zeitung 47: 725-739, 741-754, 757-768, 781-785.

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Type designated in: Shihira, I. & Krauss, R.W. (1965). Chlorella. Physiology and taxonomy of forty-one isolates. pp. 1-97. Maryland: University of Maryland, College Park.

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Description: Class Trebouxiophyceae; cells spherical, subspherical or ellipsoid, single or forming colonies with up to 64 cells, mucilage present or absent. Chloroplast single, parietal, pyrenoid present, surrounded by starch grains. Reproduction by autospores, zoospores lacking. Autospores released through disruption of mother cell wall. Daughter cell can remain attached to remnants of mother cell wall and form colonies with mucilage envelopes. Planktonic, edaphic or endosymbiontic.

Information contributed by: Bock, Krienitz & Pröschold (2012). The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2015-10-19 by M.D. Guiry.

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

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Bock, C., Krienitz, L. & Pröschold, T. (2011). Taxonomic reassessment of the genus Chlorella (Trebouxiophyceae) using molecular signatures (barcodes), including description of seven new species. Fottea 11(2): 293-312.

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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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