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Struvea thoracica Kraft & A.J.K.Millar 2005

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Viridiplantae
Infrakingdom Chlorophyta infrakingdom
Phylum Chlorophyta
Subphylum Chlorophytina
Class Ulvophyceae
Order Cladophorales
Family Boodleaceae
Genus Struvea


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Struvea thoracica Kraft & A.J.K.Millar
Heron Island, Queensland. J.M. Huisman. © J.M. Huisman.


Cocconeis utermoehlii Hustedt

Struvea thoracica Kraft & A.J.K.Millar Heron Island, Queensland
© J.M. Huisman

Publication details
Struvea thoracica Kraft & A.J.K.Millar 2005: 306, figs 2-24

Published in: Kraft, G.T. & Millar, A.J.K. (2005). Struvea thoracica sp. nov. (Cladophorophyceae), a new deep-water chlorophyte from the Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia. Phycologia 44: 305-311, 24 figs.
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Publication date: 10 May 2005

Type species
The type species (holotype) of the genus Struvea is Struvea plumosa Sonder.

Status of name
This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Type information
Type locality: Wistari Channel, Capricorn Group, southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia (Kraft & Millar 2005: 306). Holotype: O'Brien, Siotas, Gabrielson & Millar; 23 November 1982; From base of reef wall at 23-24m. MELU A41911 (Kraft & Millar 2005: 306). Notes: Holotype shown as fig. 2. MELU, A41911-13, 41915 collected 23 November 1982. Paratypes.

No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.

General environment
This is a marine species.

Plants single or in aggregates of 2–4, ranging from 3 to 26 cm in length, erect from a digitate, fibrous holdfast, and composed of sim- ple to sparingly ramified, slightly annulate stalks to 18 cm in length and 2.5 mm in width giving rise distally to single blades of spongy consistency to 2 mm in thickness, 18 cm in length, and 12 cm in width. Mature blades consisting of a dense reticulum composed of up to four orders of laterals, the laterals arising oppositely on suc- cessive bearing cells of costae and lower-order branches, those of the first and second orders distally curving toward and densely spreading over just one (the ‘ventral’) surface, terminal cells infre- quently terminating in tenaculae that attach to lateral surfaces of contiguous cells, the tenacular cells at times becoming laterally positioned due to continued subapical elongation of the bearing cell. First-order laterals on ‘dorsal’ surfaces not covered by higher-order laterals, appearing as evenly spaced, prominent costae. Cell divi- sions in primary axes and all branch orders segregative.

ETYMOLOGY: ‘The thoracic Struvea’, named for the rib-caged construction of the fronds, with their dorsally exposed primary-axial ‘vertebrae’ and regularly spaced series of paired costae (‘ribs’) that curve ventrally to enclose the ‘visceral’ higher orders of branching.

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Key references
Huisman, J.M. (2019). Marine plants of Australia Revised edition. pp. [i]-xviii, [1]-435, numerous col. figs. Crawley Western Australia: UWA Publishing.

Kraft, G.T. (2007). Algae of Australia. Marine benthic algae of Lord Howe Island and the southern Great Barrier Reef, 1. Green algae. pp. [i]-vi, 1-347, 110 text-figs; 11 pls. Canberra & Melbourne: Australian Biological Resources Study & CSIRO Publishing.

Created: 07 June 2005 by M.D. Guiry

Verified by: 17 January 2020 by M.D. Guiry

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Kraft, G.T. & Millar, A.J.K. (2005). Struvea thoracica sp. nov. (Cladophorophyceae), a new deep-water chlorophyte from the Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia. Phycologia 44: 305-311, 24 figs.

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