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Diagnostic features

Colonial chlorophyte with spherical cells usually in groups of 4 or 8, often connected to other groups via the remnants of parent cell walls. Single cup-shaped chloroplast.

Typical habitats

Found in the plankton of nutrient-rich ponds including sewage ponds


Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Streptophyta
Class Chlorophyceae
Order Chlorococcales
Family Dictyosphaeriaceae
Common name Green algae