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Diagnostic features

Clustered small circular blue-green cells set in randomly shaped mucilaginous masses. Attached to surfaces. Differs from Aphanothece in dividing in perpendicular planes during successive divisions (rather than in the same plane).

Typical habitats

Our few records include lowland river sites in tidally affected reaches.


Kingdom Bacteria
Phylum Cyanobacteria
Class Cyanophyceae
Order Chroococcales
Family Merismopediaceae
Common name Cyanobacteria