Boergesenia J.Feldmann, 1938
Holotype species: Boergesenia forbesii (Harvey) Feldmann
Original publication and holotype designation: Feldmann, J. (1938). Sur un nouveau genre de Siphonocladacées. Compte Rendu Hebdomadaire des Séances de l’Académie des Sciences. Paris. 206: 1503-1504.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Gender: This genus name is currently treated as feminine.
Description: Thalli composed of one to many unbranched, elongate, pyriform vesicles forming incurved rosette-like clusters. Siphonous cells 2-8 mm diameter at distal ends, 1-5 cm tall. Annular constriction prominent on tapered basal ends of vesicles. Apical orientation maintained throughout development. Rhizoid well developed from which new uprights can arise. Adventitious rhizoids, tenacular cells and lenticular cells not present. Cell division by modified segregative division in main axes; by centripetal invagination in rhizoid. Cells multinucleate, with numerous discoid chloroplasts each with single pyrenoid surrounded with starch sheath and bisected by traversing thylakoids. Sexual life history unknown. Haploid and diploid chromosome counts of 14-18 and 36 reported for B. forbesii. Nuclear DNA amounts of 2.7, 4.9 and 9.5 pg (1C, 2C and 4C) estimated for B. forbesii. Boergesenia occurs only in the tropical Indo-West Pacific where it is found in very snady, coral rubble habitats. Strong water motion seems to be important although the banana-like clusters are often found in more sheltered crevices and often by themselves. Because of its large cell size, Boergesenia has been used for a wide variety of physiological, developmental and nuclear studies. The cytoskeleton and its role in cytoplasmic motility has been extensively studied.
Information contributed by: J.L. Olsen. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 29 Aug 2011 by M.D. Guiry.
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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.
Created: 28 December 2000 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 29 August 2011 by M.D. Guiry
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