Desikaneis A.K.S.K.Prasad, 1993
Holotype species: Desikaneis gessneri (Hustedt) A.K.S.K.Prasad
Currently accepted name for the type species: Desikaneis simplex (Frenguelli) Tremarin, Procopiak & Ludwig
Original publication and holotype designation: Prasad, A.K.S.K. & Livingston, R.J. (1993). Frustule morphology of the planktonic pennate diatom Fragilaria gessneri Hustedt (Bacillariophyta) from the Florida coast of the Gulf of Mexico, with a description of Desikaneis gen. nov. Phycologia 32(6): 434-443.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Prasad, A.K.S.K. & Livingston, R.J. (1993). Frustule morphology of the planktonic pennate diatom Fragilaria gessneri Hustedt (Bacillariophyta) from the Florida coast of the Gulf of Mexico, with a description of Desikaneis gen. nov. Phycologia 32(6): 434-443.
Description: Cells solitary or in short chains, rectangular in girdle view; plastids not observed. Valves elliptical to rhomboid-lanceolate in valve view. Valve face with short, uniseriate striae composed of large areolae occuled by vola-type cribrum; lanceolate sternum wide with a distinct central stauros; apical slit fields, composed of longitudinal slits and lamellae that do not extend to the mantle, not visible with light microscope. Rimoportulae and spines not observed. Cingulum composed of 2-3 open copulae, the valvocopula with median rudimentary septa; copulae hyaline, lacking ligulae. The central stauros, apical slit fields, vola-type occlusions on the areolae and rudimentary septa on the valvocopula serve to distinguish Desikaneis from Fragilaria. The type species has been reported from the marine and brackish-water plankton in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Venezuela.
Information contributed by: M.C. Amspoker. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2 Nov 2016 by Wendy Guiry.
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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.
Created: 16 April 2003 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 02 November 2016 by Wendy Guiry
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