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Microorganisms 2013, 1(1), 122-136; doi:10.3390/microorganisms1010122

An Updated List of Generic Names in the Thoracosphaeraceae

Department of Biology, Systematic Botany and Mycology, GeoBio-Center, University Munich, Menzinger Str. 67, D-80638 Munich, Germany
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Received: 28 August 2013 / Revised: 12 September 2013 / Accepted: 23 October 2013 / Published: 1 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biology of Dinoflagellates: Advances in the Last 25 Years (1987-2012))
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Abstract

Calcareous dinophytes produce exoskeletal calcified structures during their life history (a unique character among the alveolates) and are subsumed under the Thoracosphaeraceae as part of the Peridiniales. We provide a brief synopsis about the taxonomic history of the group, from the first descriptions of fossils in the 19th century through to the results of molecular phylogenetics studies undertaken during the past two decades. Delimitation and circumscription of the Thoracosphaeraceae are challenging, as they comprise both phototrophic (presumably including endosymbiotic) as well as heterotrophic (and even parasitic) dinophytes from marine and freshwater environments, respectively. However, calcareous structures are not known from all members of the Thoracosphaeraceae, and the corresponding species and groups are considered to have lost the capacity to calcify. Five years ago, a taxonomic list of 99 generic names assigned to the Thoracosphaeraceae was published, and we update this compendium with 19 additional names based on recent studies.
Keywords: coccoid cell; molecular systematics; morphology; phylogeny; taxonomy; thecate cell coccoid cell; molecular systematics; morphology; phylogeny; taxonomy; thecate cell
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Gottschling, M.; Soehner, S. An Updated List of Generic Names in the Thoracosphaeraceae. Microorganisms 2013, 1, 122-136.

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