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Description of Olisthodiscus

Cells discoid in ventral view; pronouncedly flattened dorsiventrally with dorsal surface concave and ventral surface convex, giving a structure resembling a saddle or a turtle's carapace; flagella arise from a shallow groove on the ventral surface; anterior flagellum somewhat longer than the cell, trailing flagellum is shorter, being of the same length as the cell or less; the beat of the anterior flagellum causes cell to move forward smoothly, without rotation; discoid chloroplasts, 5-13 in number with 6 being common, in peripheral layer, yellowish-green in colour; mucocysts absent.


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