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Green Alga

Codium pomoides

Description:

Amazingly made up of just one cell, this dark green alga was globular, firm with a suede-like surface and about 60 mm in diameter. There were a few on the shore and some were hollow.

Habitat:

Seen along the high tide mark with other sea weed - Westernport Bay

Notes:

These grow attached to underwater rocky reefs by rhizoids. They are seen to a depth of 20 mts. They are self repairing and under water, appear to have a fluffy appearance with long filaments on the surface of the globe.
Family: Codiaceae

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13 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a week ago

You're welcome Leuba. The thanks go to you for continuing to document here many of the less well known groups of organisms, showing not only diversity in species, but diversity in biological structure as well!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson a week ago

Another interesting spotting, Leuba. You do not need a microscope to see this single celled organism. Congrats on the SOTD!

great find Leuba,fantastic organism,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt a week ago

How COOL is THAT?!?
CONGRATS on your SOTD!!

Dr_Stephen
Dr_Stephen a week ago

Congratulations, Leuba, on the SOTD.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a week ago

Learnt something new. Thank you!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a week ago

Thanks to everyone for their appreciation and comments. Thanks especially to Daniele for the SOTD and extra information about the single cell content. An interesting and textural specimen.

Felicitaciones por el SOTD muy interesante .

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a week ago

What an incredible spotting. Another gem from the Southern Ocean, no doubt. Congrats, Leuba, on this amazing SOTD.

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner a week ago

Congratulations Leuba! Interesting find you have there.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a week ago

Congratulations Leuba, your green alga is our Spotting of the Day:

"This green alga (Codium pomoides) may be 60 mm in diameter, but it is actually made up of one single cell! Green algae in the order Bryopsidales are what is known in biology as coenocytes (from the Greek: κοινός (koinós) = "common" + κύτος (kýtos) = "box, i.e. cell"). In these algae, multiple cell nuclei, chloroplasts and other organelles are packed without separation within one cell wall, and can freely move throughout the whole organism".

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Dr_Stephen
Dr_Stephen a week ago

Fascinating

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a week ago

Fore !!

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -38.41, Long: 145.09

Spotted on Jun 1, 2018
Submitted on Jun 11, 2018

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