Trichodesmium thiebautii   Gomont,  1892 (Cyanobacteria formerly Blue Green Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Cyanophyceae

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Size: 7-16 µm in diameter, 1-6 mm long.

Trichomes curved to spiral and forming colonies held together at the center with the ends free, isodiametric or longer than wide, 6-26 µm long, the tip cell with thickened end wall, trichomes briefly attenuated at the tips, without constrictions at the cross walls.

Synonym (s)
Skujaella thiebautii (Gomont ex Gomont) J. de Toni, 1939
(Homotypic synonym)
Trichodesmium thiebautii Gomont, 1890
(Heterotypic synonym)
Oscillatoria thiebautii (Gomont ex Gomont) Geitler, 1932
(Homotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Rocky, Coastal


• West Bengal, Prentice Island INDIA
• Goa, Mandovi and Zuari Estuary INDIA (Record: 11/1979-10/1980)
• Off Goa INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Khambhat (Lat: 20.75) (Long: 73) INDIA
• Karnataka, North Kanara Coast INDIA
• West Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Santra, SC; Pal, UC and Choudhury, A (1991) Marine phytoplankton of the mangrove delta region of West Bengal, India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 33(1-2) 292-307 Available at - NIO, RC, Kochi
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2006) Algaebase Available at -
  • Desa, E; Suresh, T; Matondkar, SGP; Desa, E; Goes, J; Mascarenhas, A; Parab, SG; Shaikh, N; Fernandes, CEG (2005) Detection of Trichodesmium bloom patches along the eastern Arabian Sea by IRS-P4/OCM ocean color sensor and by in-situ measurements indian journal of marine sciences NISCAIR 34(4) 374-386 Available at -,%20T.
  • Devassy, VP; and Goes, JI (1988) Phytoplankton Community Structure and Succession in a Tropical Estuarine Complex (Central West Coast of India) Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science Academic Press 27(6) 671-685 Available at -
  • Parikh, A; Shah, v and Madamwar, D (2006) Cyanobacterial flora from polluted marine shores Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Springer 120(1-3) 407-414 Available at -
  • Ramamurthy, S. (1965) Studies on the plankton of the North Kanara coast in relation to the pelagic fishery Journal of Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 7 (1) 127-149 Available at -
  • Subrahmanyan, R and Sarma, AHV (1960) Studies on the phytoplankton of the west coast of India Part III. Seasonal variation of the phytoplankters and environmental factors Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Journal of fisheries for the Indian council of Agricultural research, Cochin, India 7 (2) 307-336 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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