Merismopedia glauca (Ehren.) Kützing, 1845
The colony is a flat or curved, plate-like sheet, one cell in thickness. The cells are broadly ellipsoidal and regularly arranged in vertical and transverse rows. The individual mucilage sheaths are not distinguishable and usually fused to form a homogeneous colourless colonial matrix. This plate-like sheet is achieved by the cells dividing successively at right angles to each other and in two planes.
Merismopedia occurs with other free-floating freshwater algae in ponds and semi-permanent pools. It is a frequent minor member of the freshwater plankton. The species may also be epipelic.
Reproduction of the colony is by fragmentation.
Bold, H. C., C. J. Alexopoulos & T. Delevoryas, 1987. Morphology of plants and fungi. Harper & Row, New York. (5th ed.). 912pp.
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