Electronic Flora of South Australia Species Fact Sheet
Phylum Phaeophyta – Order Dictyotales – Family Dictyotaceae – Tribe Dictyoteae
Thallus (Fig. 67C) light to medium brown, 2–9 cm long, fairly densely branched dichotomously or becoming somewhat laterally branched at intervals of 0.5–1.2 cm, branches (0.5–) 1–2 mm broad, linear or increasing slightly in width above the axils, axils acute to rounded, apices rounded. Apical cell not to slightly protruding; proliferations slight to absent. Holdfast rhizoidal, possibly with stolons; probably epilithic. Cortical cells 10–20 µm across, L/B 1.5–3. Medulla one cell thick centrally throughout the thallus, 2 (–3) cells thick near the margins (Fig. 68C); thickness centrally 80–130 µm, marginally 150–200µm. Hair tufts scattered, sparse.
Reproduction: Tetrasporangia (Fig. 68D) 40–65 µm in diameter, scattered. Sexual thalli unknown.
Type from Port Phillip, Vic. (Wilson); lectotype in Herb. Agardh, LD, 49599.
Distribution: Apart from the type, probable specimens are known from Pearson I., S. Aust., upper sublittoral (Specht, 17.ii.1960; ADU, A24519, sporangial); West Cape, Yorke Pen., S. Aust., lower eulittoral pool (Womersley, 24.iv.1955; ADU, A19885); and Point Roadknight, Vic., upper sublittoral pools (Womersley, 6.vi.1953; ADU, A18779).
Taxonomic notes: Dilophus angustus is a little known, slender, species, with only the margins becoming 2 (–3) medullary cells thick. It is superficially similar to small plants of Dictyota alternifida and is apparently a shallow water species.
WOMERSLEY, H.B.S. (1967). A critical survey of the marine algae of southern Australia. II. Phaeophyta. Aust. J. Bot. 15, 189–270.
The Marine Benthic Flora of Southern Australia Part II complete list of references.
Womersley, H.B.S. (14 December, 1987)
The Marine Benthic Flora of Southern Australia
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Illustrations in Womersley Part II, 1997: FIGS 67C, 68C,D.
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Fig. 67. A. Glossophora nigricans (ADU, A33254). B. Dilophus robustus (ADU, A28590). C. Dilophus angustus (ADU, A19885). D. Dilophus marginatus (ADU, A56810).
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Fig. 68. A,B. Dilophus robustus (ADU, A28590). A. Transverse section of upper thallus. B. Transverse section of lower thallus. C,D. Dilophus angustus ( C, ADU, A18573; D, ADU, A24519). C. Transverse section of mid thallus. D. Surface view of tetrasporangial thallus. E–G. Dilophus marginatus (ADU, A56810). E. Transverse section of upper thallus. F. Transverse section of mid thallus with tetrasporangia. G. Transverse section of thallus close to holdfast, with rhizoids. H–K. Dilophus tener (H,I, ADU, A30323; J, ADU, A38154; K, ADU, A34095). H. Upper branches with tetrasporangia and hair tufts. I. Transverse section of young thallus with undivided sporangia. J. Transverse section of mid thallus. K. Transverse section of thallus close to the base.
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