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Chlorophyta: Gamophyceae: Zygnematales: Desmidiaceae

Pleurotaenium minutum
var. gracile (Wille) Krieger

Genus: Cell body long cylindroid; a slight constriction at center; cross section of the semicells spherical, slightly swell at the center but without a folded structure as Docidium; slightly tapered toward both ends, which are truncated and smooth or surrounded by granules or various small structures; laterally straight or wavy, with spiny projections in some species; 2-10 ribbon-like chloroplasts in each semicell; with many pyrenoids; a vacuole containing active granules at both ends same as in Closterium; cell wall mostly dotted, but with spines or other patterns in some species (Illustrations of The Japanese Fresh-water Algae, 1977).
Species [ var. gracile ]: Cell body cylindrical, 110-240 μm long, 6.5-15 μm wide, L/W=14-20; semicells not swelled at base, slightly tapered, with blunt and smooth ends; cell wall smooth or finely dotted; chloroplasts located along cenral axis, with about 6 laminae; pyrenoids arranged linearly, 3-7 in each semicells (Illustrations of The Japanese Fresh-water Algae, 1977).

Pleurotaenium minutum var. gracile (Wille) Krieger , tape No. 0054, time code 0400, Japan, Oct 6, 1998 by Y. Tsukii

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