Gloeoplax Schmidle, 1899

Holotype species: Gloeoplax weberi Schmidle

Original publication and holotype designation: Schmidle, W. (1900 '1899'). Einige Algen aus preusschen Hochmooren. Hedwigia 38: 156-176, pls VI, VII.

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Description: Plants formed of gelatinous mass enveloping few-celled, branched, uniseriate filaments. Cells vary in shape from almost spherical, elliptical, rectangular or irregular, each with a nucleus, one to several parietal chloroplasts and starch; pyrenoids absent. Asexual reproduction by zoospores (flagella number unknown) and akinetes. Sexual reproduction unknown. Reported from the USA, northern Europe and New Zeland, growing on the moss Sphagnum and fragments of chiton (possibly of insect origin) and other submerged surfaces. This little-known taxa is traditionally placed in Chaetophorales but uncertainty surrounds its taxonomic position. Plants formed of gelatinous mass enveloping few-celled, branched, uniseriate filaments. Cells vary in shape from almost spherical, elliptical, rectangular or irregular, each with a nucleus, one to several parietal chloroplasts and starch; pyrenoids absent. Asexual reproduction by zoospores (flagella number unknown) and akinetes. Sexual reproduction unknown. Reported from the USA, northern Europe and New Zeland, growing on the moss Sphagnum and fragments of chiton (possibly of insect origin) and other submerged surfaces. This little-known taxa is traditionally placed in Chaetophorales but uncertainty surrounds its taxonomic position.

Information contributed by: D.M. John. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2012-07-16 by Michael Guiry.

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

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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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Michael Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 16 July 2012. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. https://www.algaebase.org; searched on 17 August 2022

 
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