Asparagopsis Montagne, 1840

Holotype species: Asparagopsis delilei Montagne

Currently accepted name for the type species: Asparagopsis taxiformis (Delile) Trevisan

Original publication and holotype designation: Montagne, C. (1840). Plantae cellulares. Familis III. Phyceae Fries.. In: Histoire naturelle des Iles Canaries. Tome troisième. Deuxième partie. Phytographia canariensis. Section Ultima. (Barker-Webb, P. & Berthelot, S. Eds), pp. 132-194. Paris: Béthune. Éditeur, rue de Vaugirard, 36.

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Description: Thallus (gametophyte) erect, with a proliferous stoloniferous base giving rise to several percurrent primary axes that are densely clothed with fine lateral determinate branches (giving the appearance of ‘foxtails’), the density of branching increasing towards the apex. Structure uniaxial, with 3 periaxial cells per axial cell, ecorticate in lateral determinate branches but corticate in primary axes. Spermatangia on short clavate branches. Cystocarps obvious, pedicellate. Tetrasporangial phase (‘Falkenbergia’ stage) diminutive, tufted, uniaxial with 3 periaxial cells, ecorticate. Tetrasporangia cruciately divided. Life history triphasic, with a heteromorphic gametophyte and tetrasporophytes.

Information contributed by: J.M. Huisman (2018).. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2018-09-25 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 feminine.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Huisman, J.M. (2018). Algae of Australia. Marine benthic algae of north-western Australia. 2. Red algae. pp. [i]-xii, 1-672, 189 figs. Canberra & Melbourne: ABRS & CSIRO Publishing.

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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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