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Spirogyra (single-celled)

(Example of a filamentous algae)


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Further details:

Name (genus): Spirogyra

Size : Filaments 10 - 100 µm wide, filaments up to many cms long

Where to find them : Often occurs in floating green masses, slimy to the touch.

Notes : The single cells are arranged end to end to form long threads (filaments). The spirally arranged ribbon-like plastids are distinctive. Many biology textbooks use this as the example of a filamentous algae.

Classification :
Kingdom - Protoctista, Phylum - Gamophyta

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