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Ankistrodesmus (Radiococcaceae)

Diagnostic features

Unicellular or colonial chlorophyte with curved needle-like cells tapering at both ends. They often cluster together in bundles.

Typical habitats

Found in the plankton of nutrient-rich lakes and ponds. Often abundant in sewage ponds, particularly during winter and spring.


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