Gamophyceae: Zygnematales: Desmidiaceae
(Charophyceae: Zygnematales: Desmidiaceae)

Closterium aciculare
T. West

Genus: Cell body crescent in shape (long, curved, tapered at both ends); cross section rounded; cell wall smooth or with longitudinal lines, bands on the cell wall in some species; chloroplast laminae ridged and radially arranged, which makes cross section star-shaped; pyrenoids aligned or scattered (Illustrations of The Japanese Fresh-water Algae, 1977).
T=terminal; Tv=terminal vacuole

Closterium aciculare (?), 673 μm long, 19 μm wide, L/W = 35, x 100, x 200, x 400, x 640, Uruguay Nov. 1999, photo by Yuuji Tsukii
scale 50 μm scale 100 μm scale 150 μm; x 400 : scale 31 μm scale 63 μm scale 94 μm; x 640

C. aciculare T. West: 390-(430-580)-800 μm long, 4-(5-7)-8 μm wide, L/W = 73-135; cell body very long, slightly curved, tapered at both termini; cell wall transparent, lack bands (Illustrations of The Japanese Fresh-water Algae, 1977).

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