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Diagnostic features

Unicellular chlorophyte with flattened, triangular, square or polygonal cells. A single green chloroplast fills the cell. Spines of varying length often emanate from the corners.

Typical habitats

Found in the plankton of lakes and ponds including sewage ponds


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