Gomphosphaeria aponina   Kutzing,  1836 (Cyanobacteria formerly Blue Green Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Cyanophyceae

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Color: Aeruginous, or olive-green, or blue-green or some other color as determined by the environment.

Thalli spherical or ovoid or ellipsoid, 37-65 µm in diameter. Cells clavate, pear-shaped or heart shaped, 4-15 µm in diameter, 8-10 µm in length, located at the apices of nearly dichotomous or trichotomous branches, with mucilaginous stalks and mostly radially arranged, generally dense in peripheral region of the colony and sparse in the inside of the colony, usually a distinct, mucilaginous individual sheath, cell contents homogenous or finely granular. In older plants there may be dichotomously branched strings from the inner points of the cells to the center of the matrix.

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Habitat:  Coastal



Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Basson, PW; Mohamed, SA and Arora, DK (1989) A survey of the benthic marine algae of Bahrain Botanica Marina 32 27-40 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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
  • Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory Available at - http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/home/search.html
  • (2006) Algaebase Available at - http://www.algaebase.org/
  • Tseng, CK (Ed.) (1983) Common seaweeds of China Science Press 316 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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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