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Ballia ballioides (Sonder) Wollaston 1968: 316, fig. 22F–I; 1974: 25, figs 15–17.

Phylum Rhodophyta – Order Ceramiales – Family Ceramiaceae – Tribe Pterothamnieae


Callithamnion ballioides Sonder 1853: 674.

Ballia robertiana Harvey 1855b: 335; 1858: pl. 36; 1859b: 332. J. Agardh 1876: 58. De Toni 1903: 1394. Dickinson 1949: 29. Guiler 1952: 97. Lucas 1909: 51; 1929a: 25; 1929b: 52. Lucas & Perrin 1947: 349. May 1965: 367. Reinbold 1897: 60. Sonder 1881: 11. Tate 1882: 17. Tisdall 1898: 502. Wilson 1892: 186. Womersley 1950: 179

Thallus (Fig. 69D) dark red-brown, erect, 10–18 cm high, more or less complanately and alternately branched above, densely rhizoidally corticated below, with each axial cell bearing a whorl of 3 whorl-branchlets (Fig. 69E, 70K), 1 major opposite 2 minor. Holdfast rhizoidal, conical, 1–4 mm across. Structure. Apical cells 8–10 µm in diameter and L/D 0.8–1.2 (Fig. 70J), enlarging rapidly to 200–350 µm in diameter and L/D (1–) 1.5–2 in lower axial cells; corticating rhizoids 20–35 µm in diameter, cells long. Major whorl-branchlets (Fig. 69E, F) 1.5–3 mm long, distichously branched with 8–16 opposite pairs of pinnules which are pinnate with close set opposite branches and 200–400 µm long; basal cells of whorl-branchlets 100–150 µm in diameter and L/D 0.7–1, suprabasal cells L/D 2–3, tapering to subterminal cells 10–15 µm in diameter and L/D 0.8–1, terminal cells pointed; pinnule basal cells 20–28 µm in diameter and L/D 0.8–1.2, tapering to 8–12 µm in diameter and L/D 0.8–1.2, cells of their branches 9–14 µm in diameter and L/D 0.8–1, apical cells pointed. Minor whorl-branchlets 500–800 (–1000) µm long, rachis upwardly curved, bearing pairs of pinnules which are simple or branched. Lateral branches arise in place of major whorl-branches. Cells uninucleate; rhodoplasts discoid..

Reproduction: Gametophytes dioecious. Procarp and carposporophyte development very similar to that in B. mariana. Carpogonial branches (Fig. 70L) borne on the basal cells of successive, alternating, major whorl-branchlets, with 2 involucral branches from the supporting cell and the whorl-branchlet surrounding the carposporophyte (Fig. 70M), with gonimolobes 180–250 µm across and carposporangia 16–20 µm across. Spermatangia borne terminally on special branch systems on cells of the minor whorl-branchlets and branches of the pinnules.

Tetrasporangia (Fig. 70N) occur terminally on branches from the basal cells of major whorl-branchlets, ovoid, 30–50 µm in diameter, decussately divided.

Type from Guichen Bay, S. Aust. (Mueller); holotype in MEL, 8545.

Selected specimens: St Francis I., Isles of St Francis, S. Aust., 55 m deep (Shepherd, 9.i.1971; AD, A38081). Pearson I., S. Aust., 22 m deep (Shepherd, 12.i.1969; AD, A34031). Port Elliot, S. Aust., drift (Womersley, 17.x.1948; AD, A9345). Boatswain Point, Guichen Bay, S. Aust., drift (Wollaston, 17.v.1965; AD, A29279). Robe, S. Aust., drift (Wollaston, 19.v.1964; AD, A27912). Stinky Bay, Nora Creina, S. Aust., drift (Parsons, 9.ii.1968; AD, A32875). 1.3 km off Cape Northumberland, S. Aust., 15 m deep (Shepherd, 26.x.1977; AD, A55240). 12 km S of Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo I., S. Aust., 50–70 m deep (Lutz, 24.xi.1968; AD, A33016). Port Fairy, Vic. (Harvey, Alg. Aust. Exsicc. 500). Warrnambool, Vic., drift (Womersley, 13.iv.1959; AD, A22940). Port Phillip, Vic. (MEL, 8553). Eddystone Point, Tas. (Perrin, Nov. 1949; AD, A16474). Fluted Cape, Bruny I., Tas., 16 m deep (Shepherd, 10.ii.1972; AD, A41508).

Distribution map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of SA

Distribution: St Francis I., S. Aust., to Port Phillip, Vic., and E Tasmania.


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The Marine Benthic Flora of Southern Australia Part IIIC complete list of references.

Author: H.B.S. Womersley & E.M. Wollaston

Publication: Womersley, H.B.S. (24 December, 1998)
The Marine Benthic Flora of Southern Australia
Rhodophyta. Part IIIC. Ceramiales – Ceramiaceae, Dasyaceae
©State Herbarium of South Australia, Government of South Australia

Illustrations in Womersley Part IIIA, 1998: FIGS 69 D–F, 70 J–N.

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Fig. 69. A–C. Ballia mariana (AD, A27838). A. Habit. B. Branch with major whorl-branchlets opposite 2 minor whorl-branchlets. C. Spermatangial branches. D–F. Ballia ballioides (AD, A9345). D. Habit. E. Axis with a major and 2 minor whorl-branchlets, the major ones with opposite, pinnate, pinnules. F. Part of a whorl-branchlet with opposite, pinnate, pinnules.

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Fig. 70. A–I. Ballia mariana (AD, uncertain). A. Axial cells with whorls of 1 long major branchlet opposite 2 short minor branchlets (diagrammatic). B. Branching of a minor whorl-branchlet. C. Short branches and rhizoids borne on the basal cell of a whorl-branchlet. D. Carpogonial branches on basal cells of major whorl-branchlets. E. Branch with two carpogonial branches on basal cells of whorl-branchlets. F. Post-fertilization development of gonimoblast from fourth cell of auxiliary cell branch, with old carpogonial branch on right. G. Carposporophyte surrounded by involucral branches. H. Spermatangia on cells of a pinna. I. Tetrasporangial branches. J–N. Ballia ballioides (AD, A32875). J. Branch apex with development of a lateral and whorl-branchlets. K. A long (major) whorl-branchlet with two short (minor) whorl-branchlets. L. Carpogonial branches on basal cells of major whorl-branchlets. M. Carposporophyte with involucral whorl-branchlet filaments. N. Tetrasporangia on branched filaments on basal cell of a whorl-branchlet. (All as in Wollaston 1968, courtesy of Aust. J. Bot. and 1974, courtesy of Phycologia.)

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