Dermocarpa sp, with largest cells showing internal fission, from Phycokey.

Belongs within: Cyanobacteriia.

The Pleurocapsales are blue-green algae reproducing via multiple fission of a parental cell to form small, spherical cells (baeocytes) that are released en masse via rupture of the parent’s fibrous outer wall (Castenholz 2001).

|--Myxosarcina Printz 1921C01 [ChroococcidiaceaeA90]
| |--Hyella gigasC01
| `--Eohyella campbelliae Zhang & Golubic 1987E93
| |--PleurocapsaA90
| `--Palaeopleurocapsa Knoll, Barghoorn & Golubić 1975E93, G79
| |--*P. wopfnerii Knoll, Barghoorn & Golubić 1975G79
| `--P. kelleri Krylov & Sergeev 1987E93
|--Polybessurus bipartitus Fairchild 1975E93
`--Dermocarpa Crouan 1858 (n. d.)C01
|--*D. violacea Crouan 1858 (n. d.)C01
`--D. olivaceaK98

Pleurocapsales incertae sedis:
Xenococcus Thuret 1880C01
Solentia sanguineaC01
Stanieria Komárek & Anagnostidis 1986L02, C01
`--S. cyanosphaeraL02 [=Chroococcidiopsis cyanosphaeraC01]
Cyanocystis Borzi 1982C01
`--C. violacea (Crouan) Komárek & Anagnostidis 1986C01
Dermocarpella Lemmermann 1907 [incl. Chamaecalyx Komárek & Anagnostidis 1986]C01
`--*D. incrassata Lemmermann 1907C01
Myxomorpha jenecekii Muir 1976E93

*Type species of generic name indicated


[A90] Archibald, P. A. 1990. Soil algae. In: Dindal, D. L. (ed.) Soil Biology Guide pp. 69-96. John Wiley & Sones: New York.

[C01] Castenholz, R. W. 2001. Phylum BX. Cyanobacteria: oxygenic photosynthetic bacteria. In: Boone, D. R., R. W. Castenholz & G. M. Garrity (eds) Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology 2nd ed. vol. 1. The Archaea and the Deeply Branching and Phototrophic Bacteria pp. 473–599. Springer.

[E93] Edwards, D. 1993. Monera (bacteria, blue-green algae). In: Benton, M. J. (ed.) The Fossil Record 2 pp. 3–7. Chapman & Hall: London.

[G79] Glaessner, M. F. 1979. Precambrian. In: Robison, R. A., & C. Teichert (eds) Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology pt A. Introduction. Fossilisation (Taphonomy), Biogeography and Biostratigraphy pp. A79–A118. The Geological Society of America, Inc.: Boulder (Colorado), and The University of Kansas: Lawrence (Kansas).

[K98] Kaehler, S. 1998. The non-coralline epilithic encrusting algae of Hong Kong II: additions and identification. Asian Marine Biology 15: 1–17.

[L02] Litvaitis, M. K. 2002. A molecular test of cyanobacterial phylogeny: inferences from constraint analyses. Hydrobiologia 468: 135–145.

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