Closterium closterioides
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Cell of Closterium closterioides. Notice straight shape and relatively large dimensions.

Cell dimensions
(L x B): 290 x 44 µm



Desmid of the month
October 2013

Closterium closterioides

Cl. closterioides is one of the few Closterium species the cells of which are not curved (lunate) but perfectly straight. In this respect it may be compared with Cl. navicula but its cell dimensions are distinctly larger and, linked to that, chloroplasts contain 3-6 pyrenoids (versus 1-2 in Cl. navicula). Not seldom, the chloroplasts are transversely notched or even divided in two (or three) parts. In the Netherlands, Cl. closterioides is a rather rare species in acidic, oligotrophic bog pools.

Another cell of Cl. closterioides. Notice partitioned chloroplasts.

Cell of Cl. closterioides showing some 5 pyrenoids in each chloroplast.