Batophora J. Agardh, 1854

Holotype species: Batophora oerstedii J.Agardh

Original publication and holotype designation: Agardh, J.G. (1854). Nya algformer. Öfversigt af Kongl. Vetenskaps-Academiens Förhandlingar, Stockholm 11(4): 107-111.

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Description: Thallus unbranched unicell 3-10 cm long, uncalcified. Morphology as in Acetabularia except without cap, and with persistent whorls of sterile hairs, the apical 6-10 of which develop spherical gametangia in the axes of the first order branching. Gametangia, homologous to rays of Acetabularia, form uninucleate cysts. Nucleus development and life history identical to Acetabularia. Batophora tropical; common in Caribbean/Atlantic in brackish to hypersaline shallow habitats, especially in mangrove lagoons and canals. Also in brackish inland lakes in New Mexico, USA. B. largoensis known only from Florida. Thalli firmly attached to solid substrates. Flagellar apparatus similar to Acetabularia, however, rhizoplast present. Cultured cells of Batophora studied for nucleo-cytoplasmic interactions, nucleus development and molecular biology. Most similar to Dasycladus and Chlorocladus, and these genera often classified together in subfamily of Dasycladaceae

Information contributed by: L.B. Liddle. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2021-07-24 by E.A. Molinari Novoa.

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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