Utkast Eur. Bladmoss.,35. 1878 ,
North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific Islands (Hawaii, New Zealand).
Saelania is morphologically close to Ceratodon, but differs in having the leaves a glaucous blue-green; seta yellow to yellow-brown; capsule yellow-brown, erect, and somewhat plicate but not strongly sulcate when dry; peristome reddish brown, densely papillose, divided to near the base into two unbordered filaments; and spores greenish to yellowish brown and larger, 15–20(–22) µm. In Ceratodon the leaves are yellowish green to brownish or reddish green; seta reddish to purplish; capsules dark reddish brown to purplish, erect to inclined or horizontal, and when dry usually strongly sulcate; peristome teeth dark red, papillose, divided to near the base into 2 filiform segments with pale borders and the segments often united at the nodes; and spores yellow to greenish yellow, and smaller (10–15 µm).