Chroococcus minutus   (Kutzing) Nageli,  1849 (Cyanobacteria formerly Blue Green Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Cyanophyceae

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Size: 6-9 µm in diameter, 10-13 µm long.

Cells occurring singly or in twos (sometimes in fours), spherical to avoid, with adjacent faces flattened if recently divided. Individual cell sheaths not always distinguishable, the sheaths not showing concentric layers.

Synonym (s)
Protococcus minutus Kutzing, 1843
(Homotypic synonym)
Chroococcus virescens Hantzsch, 1865
(Heterotypic synonym)
Gloeocapsa minuta (Kutzing) Hollerbach, 1938
(Homotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Tamil Nadu, Mutupet Mangrove (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 79.58) INDIA (Record: 2002-2003)

Literature Source(s)
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • (2006) Algaebase Available at -
  • Silva, SMF and Pienaar, RN (2000) Some benthic marine Cyanophyceae of Mauritius Botanica Marina Walter de Gruyter, Berlin. New York 43 40144 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Hussain, MI and Khoja, TM (1993) Intertidal and subtidal blue green algal mats of open and mangrove areas in the Farasan Archipelago (Saudi Arabia), Red Sea Botanica Marina 36 377-388 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sudha, SS; Panneerselvam, A and Thajuddin, N (2007) Seasonal variation of cyanobacteria at Muthupet mangrove environs, Tamilnadu, South India Seaweed Research and Utilisation Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association, Tamil Nadu, India 29(1 & 2) 263-271 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Silva, PC; Basson, PW and Moe, RL (1996) Catalogue of the benthic marine algae of the Indian Ocean University of California Press 79 1259 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • University of Hamburg: Botany online Available at -
  • Humm, HJ and Wicks, SR (1980) Introduction and guide to the Marine bluegreen algae A Wiley-Interscience Publication, John Wiley and Sons 194 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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