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Keywords:

  • Cryptophyceae;
  • Hemiselmis;
  • Chroomonas;
  • Cryptomonas;
  • Pyrenomonas nom. nov;
  • Chilomonas

Summary

The unique and diagnostic characteristics of the Cryptophyceae are discussed and present knowledge of their taxonomy is summarized. It is proposed that the pigmented organisms can be assigned to four genera, Hemiselmis, Chroomonas, Cryptomonas and Pyrenomonas nom. nov.; the characteristics of these genera are reviewed. The validity of the pigmented genera Isoselmis, Plagioselmis and Rhodomonas and the apochlorotic genera Chilomonas, Cyathomonas and Phyllomitus is considered and present knowledge of their taxonomy is summarized.