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Aureococcus P.E.Hargraves & P.W.Sieburth, 1988

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Chromista
Phylum Ochrophyta
Class Pelagophyceae
Order Pelagomonadales
Family Pelagomonadaceae

Holotype species: Aureococcus anophagefferens Hargraves & Sieburth

Original publication and holotype designation: Sieburth, J.M., Johnson, P.W. & Hargraves, P.E. (1988). Ultrastructure and ecology of Aureococcus anophagefferens gen et sp. nov. (Chrysophyceae): the dominant picoplankter during a bloom in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, summer 1985. Journal of Phycology 24(3): 416-425.
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Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Kristiansen, J. & Preisig, H.R. (2001). Encyclopedia of Chrysophyte genera. Bibliotheca Phycologica 110: 1-260.

Description: Very small (1.5-2.0 &m), globular, wall-less cells, with one chloroplast and pyrenoid, and only one mitochondrion. Reproduction unknown; neither flagellated stages nor cysts observed. This marine picoplankton genus has played the main role in marine picoplanktonic blooms in estuarine waters along the coast of Rhode Island, U.S.A., but certainly widely distributed. Cells are coated by extracellular polysaccharide material, which inhibits filtration by grazing animals.

Information contributed by: J. Kristiansen. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 12 Sep 2014 by M.D. Guiry.

Comments: Throndsen (1997: 620) includes this genus in the Order Chrysosphaerales, Family Chrysosphaeraceae.

Numbers of names and species: There is only one species or infraspecific name in the database at present, which has been flagged as accepted taxonomically on the basis of the listed literature under the species name. In some instances, opinions on taxonomic validity differ from author to author and users are encouraged to form their own opinion. AlgaeBase is a work in progress and should not be regarded as a definitive source only as a guide to the literature..

Names: ('C' indicates a name that is accepted taxonomically; 'S' a homotypic or heterotypic synonym; 'U' indicates a name of uncertain taxonomic status, but which has been subjected to some verification nomenclaturally; 'P' indicates a preliminary AlgaeBase entry that has not been subjected to any kind of verification. For more information on a species click on it to activate a link to the Species database):

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Throndsen, J. (1996). The planktonic marine flagellates. In: Identifying marine phytoplankton. (Tomas, C.R. Eds), pp. 591-730. San Diego: Academic Press.

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Some of the descriptions included in AlgaeBase were originally from the unpublished Encyclopedia of Algal Genera, organised in the 1990s by Dr Bruce Parker on behalf of the Phycological Society of America (PSA) and intended to be published in CD format. These AlgaeBase descriptions are now being continually updated, and each current contributor is identified above. The PSA and AlgaeBase warmly acknowledge the generosity of all past and present contributors and particularly the work of Dr Parker.

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: 18 April 2002 by Elizabeth Moran

Verified by: 12 September 2014 by M.D. Guiry

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