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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Charophyta
Class: Klebsormidiophyceae
Hoek in Hoek, Stam & Olsen, 1992
Order: Klebsormidiales
K.D. Stewart & K.R. Mattox[1]
Family: Klebsormidiaceae
K.D. Stewart & K.R. Mattox[1]


The Klebsormidiaceae are a family containing three genera of charophyte green alga forming multicellular, non-branching filaments.[2][3] A fourth genus Chlorokybus is sometimes included as well,[4] but this problematic and poorly known genus is sometimes placed in a separate class Chlorokybophyceae.

The genera Koliella and Raphidonema were formerly classified as close relatives of Klebsormidium, based on similarities in cell division. However, analysis of both nuclear and chloroplast DNA shows that both of these genera belong to the class Trebouxiophyceae and are not charophytes.[5][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Stewart, K.D.; Mattox, K.R. (1975). "Comparative cytology, evolution and classification of the green algae with some consideration of the origin of other organisms with chlorophylls a and b". The Botanical Review. 41: 104–135. doi:10.1007/bf02860837. 
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  3. Sluiman, Hans J.; Guihal, Caroline; Mudimu, Opayi (2008). "Assessing phylogenetic affinities and species delimitations in Klebsormidiales (Streptophyta): Nuclear-encoded rDNA phylogenies and ITS secondary structure models in Klebsormidium, Hormidiella, and Entransia". Journal of Phycology. 44 (1): 183–195. doi:10.1111/j.1529-8817.2007.00442.x. 
  4. van den Hoek, C.; Mann, D.G.; Jahns, H.M. (1995). Algae: An Introduction to Phycology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 455. 
  5. Katana, A.; Kwiatowski, J.; Spalik, K.; Zakryś, B.; Szalacha, E.; Szymańska, H. (2001). "Phylogenetic position of Koliella (Chlorophyta) as inferred from nuclear and chloroplast small subunit rDNA". Journal of Phycology. 37: 443–451. doi:10.1046/j.1529-8817.2001.037003443.x. 
  6. Eliáš, Marek; Neustupa, Jiří (2009). "Pseudomarvania, gen. nov. (Chlorophyta, Trebouxiophyceae), a new genus for "budding" subaerial green algae Marvania aerophytica Neustupa et Šejnohová and Stichococcus ampulliformis Handa". Fottea. 9 (2): 169–177. 

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