Electronic Flora of South Australia Genus Fact Sheet

Genus WITTROCKIELLA Wille 1909: 16, pls 1–4

Phylum Chlorophyta – Order Cladophorales – Family Cladophoraceae

Thallus usually as coarse, entangled mats or floating balls of irregularly branched filaments of multinucleate cells, attached by tapering, multicellular rhizoids. Cells short (L/B usually 1–2 in mature cells), of irregular shape and size (usually not cylindrical), the upper cells with occasional, slender, colourless hairs but these not present in some thalli; chloroplasts parietal, reticulate to rounded and numerous, with pyrenoids.

Reproduction: Reproduction by zooids, akinetes and aplanospores (Wille 1909, p. 17).

Type species: W. paradoxa Wille.

Taxonomic notes: A genus of three species, the type from Europe. W. salina from Australasia and W. lyallii from New Zealand (van den Hoek, Ducker & Womersley 1984).


WILLE, N. (1909). Algologische Notizen XV. Über Wittrockiella nov. gen. Nyt Mag. Naturv-idensk. 47, 5–21, Plates 1–4.

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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