Polysiphonia sp. red alga

Polysiphonia sp. red alga

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Caption: Red alga. Light micrograph of the cystocarp (reproductive structure) of a marine red alga (Polysiphonia sp.). The cystocarp comprises the flask-like pericarp and the carpospores (dark) it contains. The carpospores are fertilised sex cells, the product of sexual reproduction, and are released from the pericarp to form new algae. Magnification: x16 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: alga, algae, algal, botany, carpospore, carpospores, cystocarp, light micrograph, marine, nature, pericarp, plant, polysiphonia sp., red alga, reproduction, reproductive, sexual

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