Prochlorococcus Chisholm, Frankel, Goericke, Olson, Palenik, Waterbury, West-Johnsrud & Zettler ex Komárek et al., 2020

Holotype species: Prochlorococcus marinus Chisholm, Frankel, Goericke, Olson, Palenik, Waterbury, West-Johnsrud & Zettler ex Komárek et al.

Original publication: Komárek, J., Johansen, J.R., Smarda, J. & Strunecky, O. (2020). Phylogeny and taxonomy of Synechococcus-like cyanobacteria. Fottea 20(2): 171-191, 6 figures.

Type designated in: Druzhkov, N.V. & Makarevich, P.R. (1999). Comparison of the phytoplankton assemblages of the south-eastern Barents Sea and South-Western Kara Sea: phytogeographical status of the regions. Botanica Marina 42: 103-116.

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Description: The prokaryotic cells are spherical to rod shaped just prior to division, occur singly or in pairs and divide by transverse binary fission. They possess a gram-negative cell wall and have peripheral photosynthetic thylakoids that are closely appressed to one another. Phycobilisomes are absent. They are oxygenic photoautotrophs that possess divinyl chlorophylls a and b as their principal photosynthetic pigments, and lack phycobiliproteins. Description in Komárek et al., 2020: 178.

Information contributed by: Original description.. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2023-03-02 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 masculine.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Strunecký, O., Ivanova, A.P. & Mares, J. (2022 '2023'). An updated classification of cyanobacterial orders and families based on phylogenomic and polyphasic analysis (Review). Journal of Phycology 59(1): 12-51.

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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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