Ankistrodesmus (anne-kissed-ro-des-muss) is a green alga, small tangled clusters of twisted cells. Four cells in this tangle. Not uncommon in freshwater habitats. Differential interference contrast. This picture was taken by David Patterson and Mark Farmer of material from freshwater sites in the vicinity of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, USA) in April, 2001 and from collections of organisms maintained at the University. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson and Mark Farmer, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Athens, Georgia, USA
|Description of Ankistrodesmus: Ankistrodesmus cells are long and needle- or spindle-shaped, or sometimes curved or slightly crescent-shaped. The cells lack mucilage and may be found individually, clustered, twisted around each other, or in tufts among other algae. The parietal chloroplasts sometimes have pyrenoids. |