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Ochromonas


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(division Chrysophyta)

A genus of single-celled algae in which the cells are ovoid, somewhat pointed at the anterior end and blunt at the posterior end; there are typically 2 brown chloroplasts, and 2 flagella: a long, forward-pointing, tinsel flagellum, and a shorter, backward-pointing, whiplash flagellum. Although normally photosynthetic, the cells can also take in food phagotrophically and require organic nutrients to survive. They are found in puddles, ponds, lakes, etc., especially in spring.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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