Electronic Flora of South Australia Genus Fact Sheet

Genus SOROCARPUS Pringsheim 1862: 9, nom. cons.

Phylum Phaeophyta – Order Ectocarpales

Thallus filamentous, uniseriate, branched, arising from a basal disc with lower cells producing descending rhizoids. Phaeophycean hairs terminal on branchlets. Growth diffuse. Cells with numerous discoid phaeoplasts, each with a pyrenoid.

Reproduction: Reproduction by plurilocular sporangia terminal or lateral on one or a few cells, densely grouped to form irregular sori which may become sub-globular, scattered along the branches.

Type species: S. uvaeformis (Lyngbye) Pringsheim [= S. micromorus (Bory) Silva]. A small genus of four or five species (Takamatsu 1936), usually not common.


PRINGSHEIM, N. (1862). Beiträge zur morphologie der Meeres-Algen. Ahh. K. Akad. Wissensch. zu Berlin 1862, 1–37, Plates 1–8.

TAKAMATSU, M. (1936). Sorocarpus aus der Matsushima-Bucht, (Prov. Miyagi, Japan), auch morphologisch untersucht. Saito Ho-on Kai Mus. Res. Bull. 8, 71–99, Plates 1–9.

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

Author: H.B.S. Womersley

Publication: Womersley, H.B.S. (14 December, 1987)
The Marine Benthic Flora of Southern Australia
Part II
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