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Name derivation:

Golden cloud  chryso- (Gr.) golden, nephos (Gr.) cloud



Chrysonephos  W.R. Taylor, 1952;  one species (C. lewisii) has been described and is currently accepted taxonomically (Guiry and Guiry 2016).

Order Sarcinochrysidales;  Family Sarcinochrysidaceae

Sometimes placed in Class Pelagophyceae within the Ochrophytes (Ibid.).



Mainly uniseriate filament with dichotomous branching, oblique divisions on older filaments cause irregular multiseriate regions.  Clouds up to 4 cm high.


Similar genera:


Marine subtropical to tropical, benthic, shallow to ~ 45 m depth.



Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2016.  AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 19 December 2012.