Chaetophora elegans, the bristle-algae

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Chaetophora elegans, the bristle-algae

Post by ralfwagner »


at present in my garden pond Chaetophora elegans is coming up. This algae
forms round, mucous beds of 1 - 2 cm in diameter. It can be found mostly on stones or dead twigs. The mucilage is pretty hard, so that it is not easy
to fumble a thin enough piece of it under the cover-slip.

Chaetophora elegans is also known as bristle-algae, because of its long colorless filaments that are formed mainly by older cells at the end of a branch. Here a view of that situation under the Stereomic:


Each bristle consists of several empty cells:


Inside the mucilage we find branched filaments:



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Post by Wim van Egmond »

Nice! It reminds me a bit about the movie 'the powers of 10'. Nice to zoom in from the low mag shot!


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