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Brachidinium F.J.R.Taylor, 1963

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Chromista
Subkingdom Harosa (supergroup SAR)
Infrakingdom Halvaria
Phylum Miozoa
Subphylum Myzozoa
Infraphylum Dinozoa
Superclass Dinoflagellata
Class Dinophyceae
Order Gymnodiniales
Family Brachidiniaceae

Holotype species: Brachidinium capitatum F.J.R.Taylor

Original publication and holotype designation: Taylor F.J.R. (1963). Brachydinium, a new genus of the Dinococcales from the Indian Ocean. Journal of South African Botany 29: 75-78, pl. 7.

Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Silva, P.C. (1996-to date). Index Nominum Algarum, University Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/INA.html. Updated continuously. ..

Nomenclatural notes
The genus name was validly corrected by F.J.R. Taylor in Nova Hedwigia 12: 443, 1967, as the original spelling 'Branchydinium' was said by Taylor to represent an orthographic error [see Art. 60.1, Melbourne Code] but in respect of priority the genus dates from 1963. This was confirmed by Kanchi Gandhi (e-mail, 22 Sep 2017). - (6 Dec 2011) - M.D. Guiry

Taxonomic notes
Gymnodiniales, Brachidiniaceae. Included in the Kareniaceae by Henrichs et al. (2011). - (9 Jun 2011) - Wendy Guiry

Description: Large (up to 120 µm) compressed cell, in the vegetative stage without flagella, non-motile. Narrow horn-like processes arise from cell body. Cingulum not very distinctive, perhaps reduced but separates the reduced hill-like epicone from the elongated hypocone from which 4 horns emerge, 2 laterally, slightly bent anteriorly and 2 others directed posteriorly. Clearly visible nucleus located in the hypocone; numerous chloroplasts. Sexual reproduction and cyst formation not known. Marine plankton, in temperate to tropical waters of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, may be abundant

Information contributed by: M. Elbrächter. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 22 Sep 2017 by M.D. Guiry.

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Henrichs, D.W., Sosik, H.M., Olson, R.J. & Campbell, L. (2011). Phylogenetic analysis of Brachidinium capitatum (Dinophyceae) from the Gulf of Mexico indicates membership in the Kareniaceae. Journal of Phycology 47(2): 366-374.

Gómez, F., Qiu, D., Dodge, J.D., Lopes, R.M. & Lin, S. (2016). Morphological and molecular characterization of Ptychodiscus noctiluca revealed the polyphyletic nature of the order Ptychodiscales (Dinophyceae). Journal of Phycology 52(5): 793-805.

Benico, G., Takahashi, K., Lum, W.M. & Iwataki, M. (2019). Morphological variation, ultrastructure, pigment composition and phylogeny of the star-shaped dinoflagellate Asterodinium gracile (Kareniaceae, Dinophyceae). Phycologia 58(4): 405-418.

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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: 07 May 2002 by M.D. Guiry

Verified by: 22 September 2017 by M.D. Guiry

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