Electronic Flora of South Australia Genus Fact Sheet

Genus ANADYOMENE Lamouroux 1812: 187

Phylum Chlorophyta – Order Cladophorales – Family Anadyomenaceae

Thallus foliose, flabellate, monostromatic or becoming corticated, attached by rhizoids from the lower stalk and adjacent cells. Blade formed by polychotomous, flabellate, primary cell rows, with the interstices becoming closed by smaller lateral cells; growth marginal, with the primary cells becoming smaller above; cell division by peripheral cross wall formation.

Reproduction: Reproduction by the sporophyte producing quadriflagellate zoospores, and male and female gametophytes producing isogametes or anisogametes (Enomoto & Hirose 1970, for A. wrightii).

Type species: A. stellata (Wulfen) C. Agardh.

Taxonomic notes: A genus of some 10 species, largely confined to tropical and subtropical seas. A. brownii (Gray) J. Agardh occurs around northern Australia and as far south as Port Denison, W. Aust., but the tropical-subtropical A. stellata is known from a single locality in southern Australia.


ENOMOTO, S. & HIROSE, H. (1970). On the life-history of Anadyomene wrightii with special reference to the reproduction, development and cytological sequences. Bot. Mag. Tokyo 83, 270–280.

LAMOUROUX, J.V.F. (1812). Sur la classification des Polypiers coralligènes non entièrement pierreux. Nouv. Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris 3, 181–188.

The Marine Benthic Flora of Southern Australia Part I complete list of references.

Author: H.B.S. Womersley

Publication: Womersley, H.B.S. (31 May, 1984)
The Marine Benthic Flora of Southern Australia
Part I
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