Cryptochrysis virescens   Butcher  (Algae)
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Class: Cryptophyceae
Order:Cryptophyceae incertae sedis

Size: Cells 5-7x3-4 micron

Cells ovoid and asymmetrical with a convex dorsal and slightly flattened ventral side. It has a reniform appearance anteriorly. A shallow furrow is present on the lateral side just below the anterior tip, which runs down to the centre. Trychocysts noticed on the sides of the furrow. Two unequal flagellae which are equal to the length of the cells emerge from the furrow. Chromatophore singl, large, bluish-green, smooth and almost completely fills the cell. Pyrenoid single, large and sub-median in position.

Propagation takes place by longitudinal division of the cell into two, in the motile stage. Palmelloid stage rarely noticed in the cultures.

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Habitat:  Coastal


• Kerala, Kochi Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Samuel, S (1970) An introductory account on some algal nanoplankters of the south west coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 12(1&2) 35-42 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 -

Page last updated on:2011-02-17

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