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Description of Chroomonas

Cryptomonad flagellates, cells subovate and lack a furrow. Subequal flagella with typical hairs inserted dorso-ventrally on the right side of the cell. Cells lack a furrow but a tubular gullet extends posteriorly from the vestibulum. The inner and outer components of the peri-plast consist of offset retangular plates with the anterior edges raised due to rows of intramembrane particles in the cell membrane adhering tightly to the plates in the posterior end of each plate. Scales or fibrils may be part of the superficial component in some species. The peri-plastidial compartment contains a single chloroplast with a pyrenoid and a nucleomorph, which is usually located near the pyrenoid. The golgi apparatus and contractile vacuole if present are anterior, while the nucleus is posterior. Cells are blue-green due to the Cr-phycocyanin 645 or 630 in the chloroplasts. Some species have a stigma. Freshwater and marine

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