Rhipilia Kützing, 1858
Lectotype species: Rhipilia tomentosa Kützing
Original publication:Kützing, F.T. (1858). Tabulae phycologicae; oder, Abbildungen der Tange. Vol. VIII pp. i-ii, 1-48, 100 plates. Nordhausen: Gedruckt auf kosten des Verfassers (in commission bei W. Köhne).
Type designated in Gepp, A. & Gepp, E.S. (1911). The Codiaceae of the Siboga Expedition including a monograph of Flabellarieae and Udoteae Siboga-Expeditie Monographie LXII. pp. 1-150, 22 pls. Leiden: E.J. Brill.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Gender: This genus name is currently treated as feminine.
Description: Thallus consists of clavate, flabellate, or infundibuliform uncalcified fronds. Blades are composed of a multi-layered meshwork of interwoven dichotomous to irregularly branched siphons, some of which are shorter and end in 2-6 blunt to spine-like processes, or "tenaculae", that attach tips to adjacent siphons of blades. Siphons may be constricted in the vicinity of branching. Genus heteroplastic. Species distinctions are based on habit, siphon diameters, positions, numbers and shapes of tenaculae, and presence and location of siphon constrictions. Rhipilia differs from Avrainvillea by its tenacular attachments, and its complete lack of differentiation into a distinct cortex and medulla. Mechanisms of reproduction have not been reported.
Information contributed by: J. Kraft. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 29 Aug 2011 by M.D. Guiry.
Comments: Geographic distribution as known is mostly tropical in western Atlantic and western Pacific Oceans, with R. pusilla (Womersley) Ducker possibly occurring in warm temperate waters of southern Australia. Within site distribution includes seagrass meadows, and the reef slope; vertical range is about -0.5m to at least -30 m.
Numbers of names and species: There are 18 species names in the database at present, as well as 2 infraspecific names. Of the species names, 12 have been flagged as accepted taxonomically on the basis of the listed literature under the species name. In some instances, opinions on taxonomic validity differ from author to author and users are encouraged to form their own opinion. AlgaeBase is a work in progress and should not be regarded as a definitive source only as a guide to the literature..
Names: ('C' indicates a name that is accepted taxonomically; 'S' a homotypic or heterotypic synonym; 'U' indicates a name of uncertain taxonomic status, but which has been subjected to some verification nomenclaturally; 'P' indicates a preliminary AlgaeBase entry that has not been subjected to any kind of verification. For more information on a species click on it to activate a link to the Species database):
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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.
Created: 28 December 2000 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 29 August 2011 by M.D. Guiry
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