A TOUR TO MODERN CORALLINE ALGAE

PART 4: FEATURES USED FOR TAXONOMY IN PRESENT-DAY CORALLINE ALGAE

by Michael Rasser

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FEATURES USED FOR IDENTIFICATION OF PRESENT-DAY NONGENICULATE CORALLINE ALGAE

Now you know, how encrusting coralline algae are composed.
Some of the most important features used for the taxonomic identification are:

kruste-klein-2.jpg (13177 Byte) FAMILIES AND SUBFAMILIES:

Roter_Pfeil.gif (101 Byte) Conceptacle arrangement and perforation.

Roter_Pfeil.gif (101 Byte) Cell connection between adjacent filaments.

GENERA:

Roter_Pfeil.gif (101 Byte) Arrangement of basal filaments.

Roter_Pfeil.gif (101 Byte) Structures of meristematic (= responsible for growth)

Roter_Pfeil.gif (101 Byte) and of epithallial cells (= outermost cell layer).

Roter_Pfeil.gif (101 Byte) Reproductive structures within conceptacles.

Roter_Pfeil.gif (101 Byte) Kind of conceptacle roof formation.

Roter_Pfeil.gif (101 Byte) Arrangement of filaments around the conceptacle pores.

Roter_Pfeil.gif (101 Byte) Filaments forming the reproductive organs.

The next page will show you, which taxonomic units are separated using these features.


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