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Scientific name


Higher classification
Chlorophyta Macro Green Algae Chlorophyta Biodiesel Energy Liquid Fuel

ChlorophytaReichenbach, 1828, emend. Pascher, 1914, emend. Lewis & McCourt, 2004

Lower classifications

Chlorophyta is a division of green algae, informally called chlorophytes. The name is used in two very different senses, so care is needed to determine the use by a particular author. In older classification systems, it refers to a highly paraphyletic group of all the green algae within the green plants (Viridiplantae) and thus includes about 7,000 species of mostly aquatic photosynthetic eukaryotic organisms. In newer classifications, it refers to one of the two clades making up the Viridiplantae, which are the chlorophytes and the streptophytes. The clade Streptophyta consists of two divisions, the Charophyta and the Embryophyta. In this sense the Chlorophyta includes only about 4,300 species. Like the land plants (bryophytes and tracheophytes), green algae contain chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b and store food as starch in their plastids.


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The division contains both unicellular and multicellular species. Some conduct sexual reproduction, which is oogamous or isogamous. All members of the clade have motile flagellated swimming cells. While most species live in freshwater habitats and a large number in marine habitats, other species are adapted to a wide range of land environments. For example, Chlamydomonas nivalis, which causes Watermelon snow, lives on summer alpine snowfields. Others, such as Trentepohlia species, live attached to rocks or woody parts of trees. Monostroma kuroshiensis, an edible green alga cultivated worldwide and most expensive among green algae, belongs to this group.

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Some members of the Chlorophyta form symbiotic relationships with protozoa, sponges, and cnidarians. Others form symbiotic relationships with fungi to form lichens.

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Species of Chlorophyta (treated as what is now considered one of the two main clades of Viridiplantae) are common inhabitants of marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. Several species have adapted to specialised and extreme environments, such as deserts, arctic environments, hypersaline habitats, marine deep waters and deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Some groups, such as the Trentepohliales are exclusively found on land. Several species of Chlorophyta live in symbiosis with a diverse range of eukaryotes, including fungi (to form lichens), ciliates, forams, cnidarians and molluscs. Some species of Chlorophyta are heterotrophic, either free-living or parasitic. Two common species of the heterotrophic green alga Prototheca are pathogenic and can cause the disease protothecosis in humans and animals.


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Characteristics used for the classification of Chlorophyta are: type of zoid, mitosis (karyokynesis), cytokinesis, organization level, life cycle, type of gametes, cell wall polysaccharides and more recently genetic data.


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A newer proposed classification follows Leliaert et al. 2011 and modified with Silar 2016 for the green algae clades and Novíkov & Barabaš-Krasni 2015 for the land plants clade.

Leliaert et al. 2012

Simplified phylogeny of the Chlorophyta, according to Leliaert et al. 2012. Note that many algae previously classified in Chlorophyta are placed here in Streptophyta.

  • Viridiplantae
  • Chlorophyta
  • core chlorophytes
  • Ulvophyceae
  • Cladophorales
  • Dasycladales
  • Bryosidales
  • Trentepohliales
  • Ulvales-Ulotrichales
  • Oltmannsiellopsidales
  • Chlorophyceae
  • Oedogoniales
  • Chaetophorales
  • Chaetopeltidiales
  • Chlamydomonadales
  • Sphaeropleales
  • Trebouxiophyceae
  • Chlorellales
  • Oocystaceae
  • Microthamniales
  • Trebouxiales
  • Prasiola clade
  • Chlorodendrophyceae
  • prasinophytes (paraphyletic)
  • Pyramimonadales
  • Mamiellophyceae
  • Pycnococcaceae
  • Nephroselmidophyceae
  • Prasinococcales
  • Palmophyllales
  • Streptophyta
  • charophytes
  • Mesostigmatophyceae
  • Chlorokybophyceae
  • Klebsormidiophyceae
  • Charophyceae
  • Zygnematophyceae
  • Coleochaetophyceae
  • Embryophyta (land plants)
  • Pombert et al. 2005

    A possible classification when Chlorophyta refers to one of the two clades of the Viridiplantae is shown below.

  • Class Prasinophyceae T. A. Chr. ex Ø. Moestrup & J. Throndsen
  • Class Chlorophyceae Wille
  • Class Trebouxiophyceae T. Friedl
  • Class Ulvophyceae K. R. Mattox & K. D. Stewart
  • Lewis & McCourt 2004

  • Division Chlorophyta (green algae sensu stricto)
  • Subdivision Chlorophytina
  • Class Chlorophyceae (chlorophytes)
  • Order Chlamydomonadales (+ some Chlorococcales + some Tetrasporales + some Chlorosarcinales)
  • Order Sphaeropleales (sensu Deason, plus Bracteacoccus, Schroederia, Scenedesmaceae, Selanastraceae)
  • Order Oedogoniales
  • Order Chaetopeltidales
  • Order Chaetophorales
  • Incertae sedis (Cylindrocapsa clade, Mychonastes clade)
  • Class Ulvophyceae (ulvophytes)
  • Order Ulotrichales
  • Order Ulvales
  • Order Siphoncladales/Cladophorales
  • Order Caulerpales
  • Order Dasycladales
  • Class Trebouxiophyceae (trebouxiophytes)
  • Order Trebouxiales
  • Order Microthamniales
  • Order Prasiolales
  • Order Chlorellales
  • Class Prasinophyceae (prasinophytes)
  • Order Pyramimonadales
  • Order Mamiellales
  • Order Pseudoscourfieldiales
  • Order Chlorodendrales
  • Incertae sedis (Unnamed clade of coccoid taxa)
  • Division Charophyta (charophyte algae and embryophytes)
  • Class Mesostigmatophyceae (mesostigmatophytes)
  • Class Chlorokybophyceae (chlorokybophytes)
  • Class Klebsormidiophyceae (klebsormidiophytes)
  • Class Zygnemophyceae (conjugates)
  • Order Zygnematales (filamentous conjugates and saccoderm desmids)
  • Order Desmidiales (placoderm desmids)
  • Class Coleochaetophyceae (coleochaetophytes)
  • Order Coleochaetales
  • Subdivision Streptophytina
  • Class Charophyceae (reverts to use of GM Smith)
  • Order Charales (charophytes sensu stricto)
  • Class Embryophyceae (embryophytes)
  • Hoek, Mann and Jahns 1995

    Classification of the Chlorophyta, treated as all green algae, according to Hoek, Mann and Jahns 1995.

  • Class Prasinophyceae (orders Mamiellales, Pseudocourfeldiales, Pyramimonadales, Chlorodendrales)
  • Class Chlorophyceae (orders Volvocales [including the Tetrasporales], Chlorococcales, Chaetophorales, Oedogoniales)
  • Class Ulvophyceae (orders Codiolales, Ulvales)
  • Class Cladophorophyceae (order Cladophorales)
  • Class Bryopsidophyceae (orders Bryopsidales, Halimedales)
  • Class Dasycladophyceae (order Dasycladales)
  • Class Trentepohliophyceae (order Trentepohliales)
  • Class Pleurastrophyceae (order Pleurastrales)
  • Incertae sedis (order Prasiolales)
  • Class Klebsormidiophyceae (orders Klebsormidiales, Coleochaetales)
  • Class Zygnematophyceae (order Zygnematales, Desmidiales)
  • Class Charophyceae (order Charales)
  • In a note added in proof, an alternative classification is presented for the algae of the class Chlorophyceae:

  • Class Chlamydophyceae (orders Volvocales, Chlorococcales, Chaetophorales)
  • Class Oedogoniophyceae (order Oedogoniales)
  • Class Chlorophyceae (order Chlorellales)
  • Bold and Wynne 1985

    Classification of the Chlorophyta and Charophyta according to Bold and Wynne 1985.

  • Chlorophyta, Chlorophyceae (16 orders)
  • Volvocales
  • Tetrasporales
  • Chlorococcales
  • Chlorosarcinales
  • Ulotrichales
  • Sphaeropleales
  • Chaetophorales
  • Trentepohliales
  • Oedogoniales
  • Ulvales
  • Cladophorales
  • Acrosiphoniales
  • Caulerpales
  • Siphonocladales
  • Dasycladales
  • Zygnematales
  • Charophyta, Charophyceae (1 order)
  • Charales
  • Mattox & Stewart 1984

    Classification of the Chlorophyta according to Mattox & Stewart 1984:

  • Micromonadophyceae Mattox & Stewart (similar to Prasinophyceae; Tetraselmidiales transferred to Pleurastrophyceae)
  • Charophyceae Rabenhorst
  • Chlorokybales
  • Klebsormidiales
  • Zygnematales
  • Coleochaetales
  • Charales
  • Ulvophyceae Mattox & Stewart
  • Pleurastrophyceae Mattox & Stewart
  • Tetraselmidiales
  • Pleurastrales
  • Chlorophyceae Wille in Warming
  • Chlamydomonadales
  • Volvocales
  • Chlorococcales
  • Sphaeropleales
  • Chlorosarcinales
  • Chaetophorales
  • Oedogoniales
  • Fott 1971

    Classification of the Chlorophyta according to Fott 1971.

  • Class Chlorophyceae
  • Order Volvocales
  • Order Tetrasporales
  • Order Chlorococcales
  • Order Ulotrichales
  • Suborder Chlorosarcineae
  • Suborder Ulotrichineae
  • Suborder Oedogoniineae
  • Suborder Chaetophorineae
  • Order Siphonocladales
  • Order Bryopsidales
  • Class Conjugatophyceae
  • Class Charophyceae
  • Round 1971

    Classification of the Chlorophyta and related algae according to Round 1971.

  • "green algae"
  • Euglenophyta
  • Prasinophyta
  • Charophyta
  • Chlorophyta
  • Zygnemaphyceae (= Conjugatophyceae; orders Mesotaeniales, Zygnematales, Gonatozygales, Desmidiales)
  • Oedogoniophyceae (order Oedogoniales)
  • Bryopsidophyceae
  • Hemisiphoniidae (orders Cladophorales, Sphaeropleales, Acrosiphoniales
  • Cystosiphoniidae (orders Dasycladales, Siphonocladales, Chlorochytriales)
  • Eusiphoniidae (orders Derbesiales, Codiales, Caulerpales, Dichotomosiphonales, Phyllosiphonales)
  • Chlorophyceae
  • orders Chlamydomonadales, Volvocales, Polyblepharidales, Tetrasporales, Chlorodendrales, Chlorosarcinales, Chlorococcales
  • orders Ulotrichales, Codiolales, Ulvales, Prasiolales, Cylindrocapsales, Microsporales
  • orders Chaetophorales, Coleochaetales, Trentepohliales, Pleurococcales, Ulvellales
  • Smith 1938

    Classification of the Chlorophyta according to Smith 1938:

  • Class 1. Chlorophyceae
  • Class 2. Charophyceae
  • References

    Chlorophyta Wikipedia