Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Algae - Closterium monoliferum

Nothing could be more fun that taking a drop of water and sticking it under the microscope. If it's from an algal mat then all the better. This beauty is Closterium monoliferum, which is one of the few things I managed to identify from the myriad species present.

The granules in the tip dance about, and the following link says of them that ... "vacuolar granules in Closterium moniliferum have been analyzed to consist mainly of barium sulphate crystals". See the link below.

Fascinating page on the species

Also amazing online digital reference to desmids:
Digital image gallery of desmids

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