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Cotton Algae

Scientific Name: Pithophora spp. 

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Course algae with branching filaments that appears like cotton when the water is squeezed out.
When water squeezed out and pulled apart, it is evident that filaments are branching and tightly woven together like a web; branching also appears like “split ends” at the end of the filaments. 
Swollen reproductive cells called akinetes may also be visible when pulled apart.
Forms thick floating mats or sheets that are usually yellowish to dull green.

Pithophora_spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Pithophora_spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Pithophora_spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Pithophora_spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Pithophora_spp. taken by Graves Lovell













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