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Diagnostic features

Unicellular chlorophyte characterised by tetrahedral or polyhedral cells, with clusters of approx. 3-5 tapering spines radiating from the rounded corners. There is a single cup-shaped green chloroplast with single pyrenoid.

Typical habitats

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


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