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Chaetomorpha ligustica (Kützing) Kützing

Chaetomorpha ligustica (Kützing) Kützing photoIn natural habitat.
Photo Data
: Bang Kaew, Samut Songkhram.
: 0.2 m
This species forms soft and intertwined, bright to dark green clumps of fine filaments that are a series of non-branching cylindrical cells. The cells of this plant are 90-100 µm in length and 30-40 µm in width, and have 10-17 nuclei in each cell. The plants drift on the bottom or become tangled with other seaweeds in very calm areas such as brackish water aquaculture ponds or canals.

Chaetomorpha ligustica (Kützing) Kützing photo2
Microscopic view of fresh specimen.
Chaetomorpha ligustica (Kützing) Kützing photo3
Microscopic view of haematoxylin stained specimen (black spots in each cell show nuclei).