Lyngbya blue-green alga

Lyngbya blue-green alga

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Caption: Lyngbya. Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the filamentous blue-green algae Lyngbya sp. Here elongated rows of cells are seen forming strands, with each strand called a trichome. The cells of Lyngbya have a protective sheath, visible at the end of the cell (at upper left). These strands undergo fragmentation to form short chains of cells called hormogonia. Blue-green algae (group: Cyanophyta) are considered to be one of the most primitive organisms, dating back to pre-Cambrian times. Lyngbya is a common filamentous blue-green algae occurring widely in marine and freshwater environments, and in mangrove swamps.

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Keywords: alga, algae, algal, blue-green, blue-green algae, botany, cyanobacteria, filamentous, filamentous algae, lyngbya sp., nature, plant, scanning electron micrograph, sem

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