Chondracanthus (alga)

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Chondracanthus sp.
Scientific classification e
(unranked): Archaeplastida
Division: Rhodophyta
Class: Florideophyceae
Order: Gigartinales
Family: Gigartinaceae
Genus: Chondracanthus
Kützing 1843

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Chondracanthus is a red algae genus in the family Gigartinaceae. The name Chondracanthus is from χόνδρος} (khóndros or chondrus) meaning 'cartilage' and ακανϑα (acantha) meaning 'spine or thorn,'[1] together meaning 'with cartilaginous spines.'[2] This refers to the rubbery papillae on the surface of the blades containing the reproductive structures.[2]



A 2008 assessment of the genus showed the following phylogenetic tree:[3]

C. acicularis

C. chapmanii

C. intermedius

C. tenellus

C. harveyanus

C. corymbiferus

C. serratus

C. bajacalifornicus

C. kjeldsenii

C. canaliculatus

C. chamissoi

C. tepidus

C. teedei

C. squarrulosus

C. spinosus

C. exasperatus


  1. ^ Griffith, Chuck (2005). "Dictionary of Botanical Epithets". Dictionary of Botanical Epithets. Retrieved 26 January 2018. acantha acanth noun/f ακανϑα thorn, thistle
  2. ^ a b Hughey, Jeffery Ryan (15 December 1995). A Systematic Study of Chondracanthus Kutzing (Rhodophyceae) with a Contribution to the Marine Flora of Tomales Bay, California. Rohnert Park, CA: Sonoma State University. hdl:10211.1/1688. OCLC 971001627.
  3. ^ Hughey, Jeffery R.; Hommersand, Max H. (12 March 2008). "Morphological and molecular systematic study of Chondracanthus (Gigartinaceae, Rhodophyta) from Pacific North America" (PDF). Phycologia. 47 (2): 124–155. doi:10.2216/07-36.1. ISSN 0031-8884. OCLC 437834161. Retrieved 31 January 2018.

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