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Chaetoceros Ehrenberg, 1844

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Chromista
Phylum Bacillariophyta
Subphylum Bacillariophytina
Class Mediophyceae
Subclass Chaetocerotophycidae
Order Chaetocerotales
Family Chaetocerotaceae

Lectotype species: Chaetoceros tetrachaeta Ehrenberg

Original publication:Ehrenberg, C.G. (1844). Einige vorläufige Resultate seiner Untersuchungen der ihm von der Südpolreise des Captain Ross, so wie von den Herren Schayer und Darwin zugekommenen Materialien über das Verhalten des kleinsten Lebens in den Oceanen und den grössten bisher zugänglichen Tiefen des Weltmeeres. Bericht über die zur Bekanntmachung Geeigneten Verhandlungen Der Königl. Preuss. Akademie Der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1844: 182-207.
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Type designated in Boyer, C.S. (1927). Synopsis of North American Diatomaceae. Part I. Coscinodiscatae, Rhizosolenatae, Biddulphiatae, Fragilariatae. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 78(Suppl.): 1-228.
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Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.

Gender: This genus name is currently treated as masculine.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: De Luca, D., Sarno, D., Piredda, R., & Kooistra, W. H. (2019). A multigene phylogeny to infer the evolutionary history of Chaetocerotaceae (Bacillariophyta). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 140(106575): [1-12], 3 figs, 1 table.

Nomenclatural notes
Two species were included in the original publication (p. 200): C. dichaeta and C. tetrachaeta, no type was designated. - (13 Jan 2007) - Wendy Guiry

Initially considered feminine (Ehrenberg 1844), then neuter and then masculine (Van Landingham 1968). The genus is treated as masculine here, as are all genera with the suffix "-ceros". In accordance with the Code, genera with the suffix "-ceras" are, however, treated as neuter. - (9 Sep 2012) - M.D. Guiry

Description: Generally colonial bipolar centric diatoms. Forms cylindrical cells with an oval or circular base that contain 1, 2 or more chloroplasts. The chloroplasts appear to be quadrangular in cingular view and elliptic or circular in valve view. The mantle is vertical and the cingulum is more or less developed. Processes, called setae, that are of varying thickness emerge from each apex. In the colonial species the terminal setae, those emerging from the last valve in the colony, are distinguished from intercalary setae, those of the internal valves that cross each other and/or fuse at some point, allowing the formation colonies of differing lengths. Specialised intercalary setae are found in some species (C. compressus , C. diversus , C. messanensis), which are different in size and shape from the other setae in the colony. An aperture that varies in size and shape and is delimited by the valve faces and the proximal part of the setae separates the cells of a colony. The valve surface generally has radial costae originating from a central hyaline\transparent annulus. The rimoportula, when present, is located centrally or subcentrally, usually with a short external tube. In the cingulum, the intercalary bands and the pleurae are of the open or segmented type. The setae have a variable ornamentation, often consisting of rows of spines or pores of different sizes. Section compressa Ostenfeld 1903 emend. Yang Li & N. Lundholm (Xu et al., 2019: 116).

Information contributed by: Modified from http://www.szn.it/botanica/database/chaetoceros_en.htm. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 25 Sep 2019 by M.D. Guiry.

Numbers of names and species: There are 376 species names in the database at present, as well as 175 infraspecific names. Of the species names, 233 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..

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Hustedt, F. (1930). Bacillariophyta (Diatomeae) Zweite Auflage. In: Die Süsswasser-Flora Mitteleuropas. Heft 10. (Pascher, A. Eds), pp. [i]-vii, [1]-466. Jena: Verlag von Gustav Fischer.

Scott, F.J. & Thomas, D.P. (2005). Diatoms. In: Antarctic marine protists. (Scott, F.J. & Marchant, H.J. Eds), pp. 13-201. Canberra & Hobart: Australian Biological Resources Study; Australian Antarctic Division.

Xu, X.J., Chen, Z.Y., Lundholm, N. & Li, Y. (2018). Diversity in the section compressaof the genus Chaetoceros (Bacillariophyceae), with description of two new species from Chines warm waters. 55(1): 104-117.

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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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