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Description of Aphanothece

Unicellular, may form colonies with oval-shaped or oblong cells clustered densely and evenly within firm and abundant mucilage, although the mucous sheaths of individual cells are indistinct. The colonies are often macroscopic, well-defined or irregular in shape, and may be free-floating or sedentary. The cells are gray, olive, or bright blue-green in color, and have granules but lack vacuoles. In colonies, the cells form a single layer often with cells that at least in regions seem to be aligned in rows. Some species reported as solitary motile forms, but edges of genus remain unclear.
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Physical Description

Type Information

Clastotype for Aphanothece bacilloidea N.L. Gardner
Catalog Number: US 139265
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Unknown verification or is "ined."
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): N. Wille
Year Collected: 1915
Locality: Hato Arriba, near Arecibo., Arecibo, Puerto Rico, West Indies
  • Clastotype: Gardner, N. L. 1927. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 7: 5.
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Isotype for Aphanothece conferta var. brevis N.L. Gardner
Catalog Number: US 56057
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): N. Wille
Year Collected: 1915
Locality: Maricao., Maricao, Puerto Rico, West Indies
  • Isotype: Gardner, N. L. 1927. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 7: 5.
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Isotype for Aphanothece conferta var. brevis N.L. Gardner
Catalog Number: US 139256
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): N. Wille
Year Collected: 1915
Locality: Maricao., Maricao, Puerto Rico, West Indies
  • Isotype: Gardner, N. L. 1927. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 7: 5.
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Ecology

Associations

Known predators

Aphanothece (Aphanothece cyanobacteria) is prey of:
Diaptomus minutus
Tropocyclops prasinus
Epischura lacustris
Bosmina longirostris
Eubosmina
Daphnia galeata mendotae
Daphnia parvula
Diaphanosoma birgei
Holopedium gibberum
Conochilus unicornis
Conochiloides
Kellicottia longispina
Kellicottia bostoniensis
Keratella cochlearis
Keratella taurocephala
Keratella crassa
Keratella hiemalis
Polyarthra remata
Polyarthra vulgaris
Trichocerca cylindrica
Asplanchna
Gastropus
Synchaeta
Copepoda
Monogonanta

Based on studies in:
USA: Wisconsin, Little Rock Lake (Lake or pond)

This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
  • Martinez ND (1991) Artifacts or attributes? Effects of resolution on the Little Rock Lake food web. Ecol Monogr 61:367–392
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Evolution and Systematics

Evolution

Classification

In family Microcystaceae in Silva & Basson
  • Silva, C., P. Basson & R. Moe (1996). Catalogue of the Benthic Marine Algae of the Indian Ocean. Volume 79 of University of California Publications in Botany (ISBN 0-520-09810-2).   10.1017/s0967026297221268 External link.
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