Balliella Itono & Tak.Tanaka, 1973

Holotype species: Balliella crouanioides (Itono) Itono & Tak.Tanaka

Original publication and holotype designation: Itono, H. & Tanaka, T. (1973). Balliella, a new genus of Ceramiaceae (Rhodophyta). Botanical Magazine, Tokyo 86: 241-252, 23 figs.

Description: Thallus filamentous, corticated or not, erect or with prostrate and erect axes. Axial cells each with 2 opposite distichous whorl branches, one remaining determinate, the other longer and potentially indeterminate; long whorl branches borne either regularly on every second axial cell or irregularly at intervals of 2–5 cells; corticating filaments arising from basal cells of lateral branches. Vesicular cells spherical, abaxial and/or adaxial, on the lowest cell of whorl branches, occasionally on more distal cells. Spermatangia in dense rounded to cylindrical heads borne adaxially on cells of lateral branches. Carpogonial branches 4-celled, abaxial on basal cells of whorl branches, curving around the supporting cell. Auxiliary cell arising from the adaxial surface of the supporting cell. Carposporophytes developing from auxiliary cell, with 4–6 generally spherical gonimolobes composed entirely of carposporangia. Tetrasporangia solitary or clustered on basal cells of lateral branches, or on short branches arising from them, cruciately divided.

Information contributed by: Huisman (2018). The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2018-10-08 by M.D. Guiry.

Taxonomic status: This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Athanasiadis, A. (2016). Phycologia Europaea Rhodophyta Vol. II. pp. [2], 763-1504. Thessaloniki: Published and distributed by the author.

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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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