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Description of Tetraselmis

Cells more or less compressed, often slightly curved but never twisted, cells cordiform, elliptic or almost spherical; similar to Scherffelia but differing in cell shape and in the presence of a single chloroplast (very rarely two), a pyrenoid and an eyespot; aexual reproduction as in Scherffelia, thick-walled cysts known in several species, but sexuality not reported, fairly speciose, in both freshwater and marine biota, some species in plankton, others benthic in green sand, or in symbiosis with metazoa, e.g. the turbellarian Convoluta roscoffensi.


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