Tomaculum Whitford, 1943
Holotype species: Tomaculum catenatum L.A.Whitford
Original publication:Whitford, L. (1943). The freshwater algae of North Carolina. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 59: 131-170.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Description: Microscopic colonial alga of up to 20 cells embedded in spherical to oval, colorless, mucilaginous envelope to 300 &m in length. Cells cylindrical, bent or with rounded lobes, 18-60 x 7 &m, connected to each other by fine threads of parental cell wall material. Cells uninucleate; one or two band-shaped, parietal chloroplasts with single pyrenoid. Reproductive mechanisms and flagellated stages unknown Tomaculum in freshwater associated with attached algae and water plants; reported only from North Carolina. Genus also assigned to Dictyosphaeriaceae by some authors and it is similar to Dictyochlorella reniformis in colony morphology.
Information contributed by: D. Garbary & A. Comas. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 12 May 2015 by Salvador Valenzuela Miranda.
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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: 17 September 2004 by Robert Wilkes
Verified by: 12 May 2015 by Salvador Valenzuela Miranda
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