How to identify the kinds of algae?

  • These look like Diatoms. Diatoms are photosynthetic and live in fresh, salt, and hot water. They are algae in that they are aquatic plants and lack any vascular tissue, but they are only distantly related to other forms of algae, such as seaweeds, and are more closely related to brown and green algae. Typically, diatoms are about 10 micrometers in diameter.

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