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Antarcticothamnion R.L.Moe & P.C.Silva, 1979

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Biliphyta
Phylum Rhodophyta
Subphylum Eurhodophytina
Class Florideophyceae
Subclass Rhodymeniophycidae
Order Ceramiales
Family Wrangeliaceae
Subfamily Compsothamnioideae
Tribe Compsothamnieae

Holotype species: Antarcticothamnion polysporum R.L.Moe & P.C.Silva

Original publication and holotype designation: Moe, R.L. & Silva, P.C. (1979). Morphological and taxonomic studies on Antarctic Ceramiaceae (Rhodophyceae). I. Antarcticothamnion polysporum gen. et sp. nov.. British Phycological Journal 14: 385-405.
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Precise date of publication3 Dec 1979

Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Schneider, C.W. & Wynne, M.J. (2007). A synoptic review of the classification of red algal genera a half a century after Kylin's "Die Gattungen der Rhodophyceen". Botanica Marina 50: 197-249.

Description: Thallus to 6 cm, with monosiphonous, erect axes. Apical cells divide by oblique septa to produce alternate-distichous determinate branchlets, curved at first, becoming reflexed when mature. Indeterminate branches at intervals in whorls consisting of 1 determinate branchlet and 1-3 indeterminate branches. Axes corticated below with decurrent branched rhizoids. Cells-multinucleate. Procarps 2-4 cells below branch apices, 2 uninucleate pericentral cells at right angles to one another with sterile cell and carpogonial branch on first formed pericentral cell (= supporting cell). Each pericentral cell cuts off an auxiliary cell and either or both fuse with a connecting cell from the carpogonium and form carposporophyte surrounded by involucral branches from the axial cell below. Spermatangia in loose heads. Sporangia polyhedrally divided.

Information contributed by: E.M. Wollaston & M.D. Guiry. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 5 Oct 2010 by M.D. Guiry.

Comments: Recorded only from South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula usually growing on a bryozoan epiphytic on Phyllophora ahnfeltioides Kylin and Myriogramme manginii Gain in clear offshore water, 13-16 m deep, October to January. All plants epiphytized by diatoms and the green alga Entocladia. Transfer of Antarcticothamnion to tribe Compsothamnieae has been proposed.

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Wynne, M.J. & Schneider, C.W. (2010). Addendum to the synoptic review of red algal genera. Botanica Marina 53: 291-299.

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Some of the descriptions included in AlgaeBase were originally from the unpublished Encyclopedia of Algal Genera, organised in the 1990s by Dr Bruce Parker on behalf of the Phycological Society of America (PSA) and intended to be published in CD format. These AlgaeBase descriptions are now being continually updated, and each current contributor is identified above. The PSA and AlgaeBase warmly acknowledge the generosity of all past and present contributors and particularly the work of Dr Parker.

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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