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Diagnostic features

Unicellular chlorophyte with a small oval or spindle-shaped cell attached to surfaces by a stalk. Each cell has a single green chloroplast. Readily distinguished by colour from Chamaesiphon (pale blue-green) and attached diatoms (golden-brown) that occupy a similar habitat.

Typical habitats

Often found in clusters attached to filamentous algae in slow flowing waters


Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Chlorophyta
Class Chlorophyceae
Order Chlamydomonadales
Family Chlorococcaceae
Common name Green algae