Gessnerium Halim, 1967
Holotype species: Gessnerium mochimaense Halim
Currently accepted name for the type species: Alexandrium monilatum (J.F.Howell) Balech
Original publication and holotype designation: Halim, Y. (1967). Dinoflagellates of the south-east Caribbean sea. Internationale Revue der gesamten Hydrobiologie 52(5): 701-755.
Taxonomic status: currently regarded as a synonym of Alexandrium.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Kawai, H. & Nakayama, T. (2015). Introduction (Heterokontobionta p.p.), Cryptophyta, Dinophyta, Haptophyta, Heterokontophyta (except Coscinodiscophyceae, Mediophyceae, Fragilariophyceae, Bacillariophyceae, Phaeophyceae, Eustigmatophyceae), Chlorarachniophyta, Euglenophyta. In: Syllabus of plant families. Adolf Engler's Syllabus der Pflanzenfamilien. Ed. 13. Phototrophic eukaryotic Algae. Glaucocystophyta, Cryptophyta, Dinophyta/Dinozoa, Haptophyta, Heterokontophyta/Ochrophyta, Chlorarachnniophyta/Cercozoa, Chlorophyta, Streptophyta p.p. (Frey, W. Eds), pp. 11-189. Stuttgart: Borntraeger Science Publishers.
"Gessnerium Halim ex Halim 1969 Int. Rev. Ges. Hydrobiol. 54: 619" Dinophyta site. - (26 Sep 2014) - M.D. Guiry
Separation of Gessnerium from Alexandrium as proposed by Gómez & Artigas (2019) not accepted at this time (HAB Community; Mertens, pers. comm.). - (14 Jan 2020) - M.D. Guiry
Description: Dinoflagellates with nearly the same plate pattern as species of the genus Alexandrium Halim, but the first apical plate does not contact the apical pore. This feature is not regarded as sufficient for separating the species at the genus level. Gessnerium is currently regarded as subgenus of Alexandrium. Marine plankton
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Numbers of names and species: There are 18 species names in the database at present.
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Some of the descriptions included in AlgaeBase were originally from the unpublished Encyclopedia of Algal Genera, organised in the 1990s by Dr Bruce Parker on behalf of the Phycological Society of America (PSA) and intended to be published in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: 16 April 2003 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 11 January 2020 by M.D. Guiry
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