Nitophyllum punctatum, copyright Bernard Picton.

Belongs within: Delesseriaceae.

Nitophyllum is a genus of delesseriaceous red algae with a membranous thallus lacking a midrib (Womersley 2003).

Characters (from Womersley 2003): Thallus foliose to deeply dissected, membranous, without midrib or veins, monostromatic above, becoming tri- or polystromatic below; holdfast discoid or fibrous. Growth apical when very young, otherwise marginal and intercalary. Cells equivalent when polystromatic. Cells multinucleate. Gametophytes dioecious. Procarps scattered, formed usually in opposite pairs, primary cell cutting off a cover cell and a supporting cell bearing a single, 1-celled, lateral sterile group and a 4-celled carpogonial branch. Carposporophyte with a small basal fusion cell and much branched gonimoblast bearing terminal (often sequential) clavate carposporangia, occasionally in chains. Cystocarps hemispherical, ostiolate; pericarp 3–4 cells thick. Spermatangial sori scattered, with primary cells bearing layer of cortical cells which cut off elongate spermatangia. Tetrasporangial sori scattered, with cortical filaments and tetrasporangia cut off from primary cells or inner cortical cells and covered by outer cortex.

<==Nitophyllum Greville 1830 [Nitophylleae]W03
    |--*N. punctatum (Stackhouse) Greville 1830W03
    |--N. berggrenianum Agardh 1876L27
    |--N. bonnemaisoniiG64
    |--N. crispatum Hooker & Harvey in Harvey & Hooker 1845W03 [=Platyclinia crispata (Hooker & Harvey) Agardh 1898L27]
    |--N. crispum (Kützing) Agardh 1852 (see below for synonymy)W03
    |--N. crozieri Hooker & Harvey 1845W03
    |--N. decumbens Agardh 1876L27
    |    |--N. d. var. decumbensL27
    |    `--N. d. var. fucicola Agardh 1876L27
    |--N. denticulatum Hooker & Harvey 1855L27
    |--N. dilabidum Agardh 1855L27
    |--N. durvillei (Bory) Agardh 1851L27
    |--N. fallax Agardh 1898W03
    |--N. harveyanum Agardh 1876L27
    |--N. hilliaeG64
    |--N. laciniatum Hooker & Harvey 1845L27
    |--N. lindaueri Levring 1949L49
    |--N. microphyllum (Smith) Laing 1902L27
    |--N. mirabile Kylin 1925S57
    |--N. palmatum Hooker & Harvey 1855L27
    |--N. pleurosporum (Hooker & Harvey) Laing 1927 (see below for synonymy)L27
    |--N. polyglossum Agardh 1898L27
    |--N. pulchellum Harvey 1855 (see below for synonymy)W03
    |--N. semicostatum Agardh 1876L27
    |--N. smithii Hooker & Harvey 1845L27
    |--N. stipitatum Suhr 1841W03
    |--N. undulatissimum Agardh 1898L27
    |--N. variolosum Hooker & Harvey 1855L27
    `--N. versicolorG64

Nitophyllum crispum (Kützing) Agardh 1852 [incl. Platyclinia agardhii Papenfuss 1967, Aglaophyllum crispum Kützing 1849, Nitophyllum crispum var. prolificans Zanardini 1874, Platyclinia crozieri Agardh 1898 non N. crozieri Hooker & Harvey 1845, N. stipitatum Harvey 1859 non Suhr 1841, Scutarius stipitatus (Harvey) Kuntze 1891]W03

Nitophyllum pleurosporum (Hooker & Harvey) Laing 1927 [=Delesseria pleurospora Harvey 1855, Pteridium pleurosporum; incl. Nitophyllum condensatum]L27

Nitophyllum pulchellum Harvey 1855 [=Aglaophyllum pulchellum (Harvey) Kützing 1869, Myriogramme pulchella (Harvey) Millar 1990, Scutarius pulchellus (Harvey) Kuntze 1891]W03

*Type species of generic name indicated


[G64] Gray, J. E. 1864. Handbook of British Water-weeds or Algae. R. Hardwicke: London.

[L27] Laing, R. M. 1927. A reference list of New Zealand marine algae. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 126–185.

[L49] Levring, T. 1949. Six new marine algae from New Zealand. Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 77 (3): 394–397.

[S57] Scagel, R. F. 1957. An annotated list of the marine algae of British Columbia and northern Washington (including keys to genera). National Museum of Canada Bulletin 150: 1–289.

[W03] Womersley, H. B. S. 2003. The Marine Benthic Flora of southern Australia. Rhodophytapart IIID. CeramialesDelesseriaceae, Sarcomeniaceae, Rhodomelaceae. Flora of Australia Supplementary Series 18. Australian Biological Resources Study: Canberra, and the State Herbarium of South Australia: Adelaide.

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