A TOUR TO MODERN CORALLINE ALGAE
PART 4: FEATURES USED FOR TAXONOMY IN PRESENT-DAY CORALLINE ALGAE
by Michael Rasser
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:
FAMILIES AND SUBFAMILIES:
Conceptacle arrangement and perforation.
Cell connection between adjacent filaments.
Arrangement of basal filaments.
Structures of meristematic (= responsible for growth)
and of epithallial cells (= outermost cell layer).
Reproductive structures within conceptacles.
Kind of conceptacle roof formation.
Arrangement of filaments around the conceptacle pores.
Filaments forming the reproductive organs.
The next page will show you, which taxonomic units are separated using these features.