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Blue green algae/cyanobacteria

Microcystis aeruginosa

Description:

Tiny cocci in loosely spherical/globular arrangement. Colonies extremely mucoid, buoyant and bright green. 400x.

Habitat:

Willamette River shore in an urban area during a very dry period when the water table was low, resulting in an algal bloom that originated in the Ross Island Lagoon and was spread by the current.

Notes:

I wore gloves and goggles, as this species can potentially produce toxins. Local scientists identified the species, otherwise I would have had no idea.

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HayleyBoBailey
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HayleyBoBailey

Portland, Oregon, USA

Spotted on Jan 23, 2015
Submitted on Sep 27, 2014

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