Name: Ophiophycus Berthold et al. 2020

Category: Genus

Proposed as: gen. nov.

Etymology: N.L. masc. n. Ophiophycus, is in reference to the snake-like appearance of filaments, where apical cells may have two large vacuoles that resemble eyes. “ophio” snake, “phycus” algae (G.) (botanical tradition treats gender of phycus as masculine)

Gender: masculine (stem: Ophiophyc-)

Type species: Ophiophycus aerugineus Berthold et al. 2020

Valid publication: Berthold DE, Lefler F, Dail Laughinghouse H. Untangling filamentous marine cyanobacterial diversity from the coast of South Florida with the description of Vermifilaceae fam. nov. and three new genera: Leptochromothrix gen. nov., Ophiophycus gen. nov., and Vermifilum gen nov. Mol Phylogenet Evol 2020; 0:107010.

Nomenclatural status: validly published under the ICN (Botanical Code)

Taxonomic status: correct name


Number of child taxa with a validly published and correct name: 1
Number of child taxa with a validly published name, including synonyms: 1
Total number of child taxa: 1

Parent taxon: Microcoleaceae (Hansgirg 1892) Strunecký et al. 2013

Assigned by: Strunecky O, Ivanova AP, Mares J. An updated classification of cyanobacterial orders and families based on phylogenomic and polyphasic analysis. J Phycol 2023; 59:12-51.

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Record number: 14522
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