Oscillatoria princeps   Vaucher ex Gomont,  1892 (Cyanobacteria formerly Blue Green Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Cyanophyceae

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Size: Trichomes 43-48 μm broad, cells 4-8 μm long.

Color: Deep dark green

Plant mass forming greenish or bluish black thin membranes at first on muddy bottoms, later floating on surface. Trichomes 16-60 μm in diameter, straight, rigid, somewhat fragile, lying somewhat parallel to one another, very slightly or not at all constricted at the joints, slightly tapering, more or less curved, truncate at the apices, apical cell somewhat convex, slightly capitate. Cells 4-6 times shorter than wide, about 2-4 μm in length. Transverse walls not granulate. Cell contents granular, blue green.

Synonym (s)
Oscillatoria princeps Vaucher, 1803
(Heterotypic synonym)
Trichophorus princeps (Vaucher) Desvaux, 1809
(Homotypic synonym)
Oscillatoriella princeps (Vaucher) Gaillon, 1833
(Homotypic synonym)
Lyngbya princeps (Vaucher) Hansgirg, 1892
(Homotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Tamil Nadu, Vellar River INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vellar Estuary (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.77) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Adyar Estuary (Lat: 13.01) (Long: 80.28) INDIA
• West Bengal, Basirhat-II INDIA (Record: 29/03/2002)
• Tamil Nadu, Sethubavachatiram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mimisal INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Paasipattinam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vattanam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Thondi INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 18/05/2001-21/05/2001, 18/08/2001-21/08/2001, 18/11/2001-21/11/2001)
• Orissa, Gopalpur Backwaters INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rajamutt INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Muthupet INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Khoja, TM (1987) New records of marine algae for the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia Botanica Marina Walter de Gruyter, Berlin. New York 30 167-176
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
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  • Protist information server Available at - http://protist.i.hosei.ac.jp/
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  • Biswas, K (1948) Common fresh & brackish water algal flora of India & Burma Records of the Botanical Survey of India Periodical Expert Book Agency, Delhi, India 15(1) 125 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
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  • Devi, S; Devi, M and Padhi, S (1995) Ecology of cyanobacterial plankton in backwater of Gopalpur (Orissa) Seaweed Research and Utilisation Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association 17(1-2) 87-90 Available at - NIO, Goa
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