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Centroceras clavulatum(C. Agardh)

PhylumClassOrderFamilyGenusSpecies
RhodophytaFlorideophyceaeCeramialesCeramiaceaeCentrocerasclavulatum
Natural History Notes
Recent research (Won et al. 2009) has shown that the distribution of Centroceras clavulatum is restricted to the Pacific. Caribbean specimens of Centroceras mis-identified as C. clavulatum fall under the species C. gasparrinii (Meneghini) Kützing, C. hyalacanthum Kützing, and C. micracanthum Kützing, and two of these, C. gasparrinii and C. micracanthum have been reported from the Caribbean coast of Panama. Microscopic examination of cortical cells is required to tell these three species apart: C. gasparrinii has ovoid terminal acropetal cortical cells; C. micracanthum has elongated terminal acropetal cortical cells and the first cortical cell initial bearing two cortical cells, and C. hyalacanthum has elongated terminal acropetal cortical cells and the first cortical cell initial bearing three cortical cells.
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Dr. Wilson Freshwater
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Reference
Won, B. Y., T. O. Cho and S. Fredericq. 2009. Morphological and molecular characterization of species of the genus Centroceras (Ceramiceae, Ceramiales), including two new species. J. Phycol. 45, 227-250.
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