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Merismopedia glauca
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Merismopedia glauca (Ehren.) K├╝tzing, 1845

Kingdom:Protista
Phylum/Division:Cyanophyta
Class:Cyanophyceae
Order:Chroococcales
Genus:Merismopedia
Species:M. glauca

Description

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.

Read more about the Chroococcales order.

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General Biology

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.

Life Cycle

Reproduction of the colony is by fragmentation.

References

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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