Prasinochloris Belcher, 1966
Holotype species: Prasinochloris sessilis J.H.Belcher
Original publication and holotype designation: Belcher, J.H. (1966). Prasinochloris sessilis gen. et sp. nov., a coccoid member of the Prasinophyceae, with some remarks upon cyst formation in Pyramimonas. British Phycological Bulletin 3: 43-51, 1 figs, 1 table.
Description: Unicellular epiphytes forming irregular clusters on decaying leaves. Each cell surrounded by a thick wall. The cell possesses a parietal chloroplast, two contractile vacuoles and sometimes a stigma. Multiplication by quadriflagellate zoospores resembling Pyramimonas. The flagellar surface covered with small square scales.
Information contributed by: Ø. Moestrup & M.D. Guiry. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2017-11-09 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: Moestrup, Ø. (2002). Phylum Prasinophyta. In: The Freshwater Algal Flora of the British Isles. An identification guide to freshwater and terrestrial algae. (John, D.M., Whitton, B.A. & Brook, A.J. Eds), pp. 281-286. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Comments: Originally described from running water in England, Prasinochloris was subsequently reported from soil in Iceland and in the Antarctic (Broady 1982). Judged by the presence of small square flagellar scales it appears to be related to Pyraminonas, but detailed ultrastructural studies are lacking.
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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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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 09 November 2017. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. https://www.algaebase.org; searched on 13 August 2022