Gametophyte-sporophyte coalescence in populations of the intertidal carrageenophyte Mazzaella laminarioides (Rhodophyta)

  • César Vera
  • Paulina Lobos
  • Héctor Romo
Part of the Developments in Applied Phycology book series (DAPH, volume 2)


Mazzaella laminarioides has consistently been reported as a typical coalescent/clump species with a triphasic life history of the Polysiphonia-type in which the haploid gametophyte is the predominant phase with respect to the diploid sporophyte. Preliminary observations of intertidal populations revealed that, in some instances, cystocarpic and tetrasporic fronds emerged from the same clump (G-T clumps), implying a coalescent process of haploid and diploid thalli by fusion of their corresponding adjacent basal holdfasts. Population surveys at three sites in Coliumo Bay, central Chile, were carried out to characterize frond demography as well as to asses the frequency of gametophyte-tetrasporophyte (G-T) coalescence. Visual and resorcinol methods were employed to determine the phases of the fronds collected over central transects of 15 randomly sampled clumps. Coalescence of G-T clumps was infrequent, with gametophytes dominating over tetrasporophyte thalli.


Frond demography Gametophyte-sporophyte fusion Gigartinaceae Intertidal seaweed 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de OceanografíaUniversidad de ConcepciónConcepciónChile

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