Asterochloris Tschermak-Woess, 1980

Holotype species: Asterochloris phycobiontica E.Tschermak-Woess

Original publication and holotype designation: Tschermak-Woess, E. (1980). Asterochloris phycobiontica, gen. et spec. nov., der phycobiont der Flechte Varicellaria carneonivea. Plant Systematics and Evolution 135: 279-294.

Description: Single asteroid chloroplast of lobed, crenulate or echinate form. Prior to aplano- and zoosporogenesis, the chloroplast flattens and assumes a parietal position. Asexual reproduction by (16–32–) 64–128 (–256) aplanospores and zoospores, occasionally by 2–4–8 autospores. Zoospores naked, dorsiventrally flattened, 4–10 µm long  1.5–4 µm wide, with two apical flagella; stigma present or absent. Photobionts of many lichens, including the genera Anzina, Cladia, Cladonia, Diploschistes, Lepraria, Pilophorus, Pycnothelia, Stereocaulon,. Emend. Skaloud et Peksa (2015: 516).

Information contributed by: M.D. Guiry from Skaloud & Peksa (2010). The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2015-07-22 by Wendy Guiry.

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

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Skaloud, P. & Peksa, O. (2010). Evolutionary inferences based on ITS rDNA and actin sequences reveal extensive diversity of the common lichen alga Asterochloris (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54: 36-46.

Comments: Widely distributed, cosmopolitan.

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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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