Asteronema Delépine & Asensi, 1975, nom. cons.

Holotype species: Asteronema australe Delépine & Asensi

Original publication and holotype designation: Delépine, R. & Asensi, A. (1975). Asteronema nov. gen. nouveau genre de Phéophycée australe. Bulletin de la Société Botanique de France 122: 295-304, 3 pls.

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Description: The thallus organization is heterotrichous. The erect filaments are uniseriate with coalescent bases from which rhizoidal filaments develop. Branching is sparse and sometimes unilateral. Longitudinal growth by apical and intercalary divisions. The characteristic feature of the genus is the stellate arrangement of the chloroplasts. The pyrenoid is a omposite structure formed by fusion of terminal pyrenoidal elements on the individual arms of the stellate chloroplast. The pyrenoid has an axial position in the cell, while the chloroplast arms are parietal. Both unilocular and plurilocular sporangia are formed terminally on 1-2 celled laterals. Monospores are formed in A. australe (Delépine and Asensi 1975).

Information contributed by: P.M. Pedersen. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2019-11-01 by M.D. Guiry.

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

Gender: This genus name is currently treated as neuter.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Silberfeld, T., Rousseau, F. & Reviers, B. de (2014). An updated classification of brown algae (Ochrophyta, Phaeophyceae). Cryptogamie Algologie 35(2): 117-156, 1 fig., 1 table.

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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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