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Green algae: introduction

Life cycle of Chlamydomonas, Volvox, Ulva and Spirogyra

classification green algae
Green algae at the Icelandic coast

Characteristic for Green algae are the chloroplasts that are green due to the dominating presence of Chlorophyl a and b (besides other pigments). Green algae can be found in sea water, fresh water and in humid terrestial environments. In the phylogenetic hypothesis shown in the study book (see life cycles) the group of the Green algae consists of the Chlorophyta together with the Charophytae. Common representants of the Chlorophytae are Chlamydomonas, Volvox and Ulva. Well-known representants of the Charophytae are Spirogyra, Zygnema and Desmides. Characteristics of these Green algae are further described here below.

last modified: 1 Aug 2014