Westella De Wildeman, 1897

Holotype species: Westella botryoides (West) De Wildeman

Original publication and holotype designation: De Wildeman, É. (1897). Encore le Pleurococcus nimbatus DeWild. Bulletin de l'Herbier Boissier 5: 532 only.

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Description: Thalli colonial, forming mostly 4- celled coenobia to 15 µm, commonly aggregated to form spherical to irregular, compound colonies to over 100 cells and up to 90 µm in diameter; in colonies individual coenobia connected by remnants of sporangial walls. Structureless mucilaginous envelope present. 4-celled coenobia with or without central space among cells. Cells spherical but flattened where in contact with other cells, 3-13 µm in diameter, with smooth cell walls. Cells uninucleate; chloroplast single and parietal with single pyrenoid. Asexual reproduction by autospores, 4-8 spores per sporangium; if 4, tetrahedrally arranged; if 8, in tetrads forming two coenobia. Coenobia released by rupture of parental cell wall on outer face of cell; fragments of sporangial walls remain visible in colonies and attach coenobia within colony. Flagellated stages and sexual reproduction unknown. Westella planktonic in freshwater in rivers and ponds; reported from Europe and both continental North America as well as Cuba. Genus also placed in Dictyosphaeriaceae or Coelastraceae by various authors. Different treatments contradictory with regard to presence or absence of mucilaginous envelope. A second species, Westella linearis Smith is type species of Westellopsis.

Information contributed by: D. Garbary and E. Hegewald. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2023-06-07 by M.D. Guiry.

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

Gender: This genus name is currently treated as feminine.

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..

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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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