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Temporal range: Mesozoic–recent
Scientific classification e
(unranked): Archaeplastida
Division: Rhodophyta
Class: Florideophyceae
Order: Sporolithales
Family: Sporolithaceae

The Sporolithaceae are one of the two extant families of coralline algae (algae in the order Corallinales). They are differentiated from the other family, the Corallinaceae, by their formation of conceptacles with one or many pores.[2]

The morphologically-indeterminable graticulaceae date to the Wenlock (Silurian).[3]


  1. ^ Aguirre, J.; Perfectti, F.; Braga, J. C. (2010). "Integrating phylogeny, molecular clocks, and the fossil record in the evolution of coralline algae (Corallinales and Sporolithales, Rhodophyta)". Paleobiology. 36 (4): 519. doi:10.1666/09041.1. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Thomas N; Taylor, Edith L; Krings, Michael (2009). Paleobotany: the biology and evolution of fossil plants. ISBN 978-0-12-373972-8. 
  3. ^ Brooke, C.; Riding, R. (1998). "Ordovician and Silurian coralline red algae". Lethaia. 31 (3): 185. doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.1998.tb00506.x.