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Kleine Mitteilungen über Flagellaten und Algen

XVI. Lauterbornia (Anacystis) nidulans (Richter) nov. gen., nov. comb. Cyanophyceae

Short contributions on flagellates and algae

XVI. Lauterbornia (Anacystis) nidulans (Richter) nov. gen., nov. comb. Cyanophyceae

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Under the name Anacystis nidulans a Cyanophycean form has been used for important physiological investigations. Since the alga is able to produce filaments composed of a number of cells it should not perhaps be grouped among Chroococcales as hitherto done. It also does not possess proper trichomes nor hormogonia and may not therefore be considered to be a member of the Hormogenales.

The new generic name Lauterbornia is therefore proposed, so that the organism is to be called Lauterbornia nidulans (Richter) nov. gen., nov. comb. It is also peculiar physiologically by a tendency to mixotrophy of the mainly phototrophic alga.


Die unter dem Namen Anacystis nidulans für wichtige physiologische Zwecke verwendete Cyanophycee bildet unter Umständen mehrzellige Fäden. Sie sollte deshalb vielleicht nicht wie bisher zu den Chroococcales gestellt werden. Da sie auch keine eigentlichen Trichome und keine Hormogonien hervorbringt, kann sie auch nicht bei den Hormogenales eingeordnet werden.

Für diese Cyanophycee wird der neue Gattungsname Lauterbornia vorgeschlagen. Die einzige Art L. nidulans (Richter) nov. gen., nov. comb. zeigt eigenartige ernährungsphysiologische Züge.

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Pringsheim, E.G. Kleine Mitteilungen über Flagellaten und Algen. Archiv. Mikrobiol. 63, 1–6 (1968). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00407057

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