The representatives have narrow, sickle or needle-shaped to somewhat screwy cells. 4 to 16 of these are combined to form loose colonies. Each cell has a single nucleus and a wall-mounted chloroplast . This fills the cell in its entire length and has no pyrenoid .
They reproduce asexually through the formation of daughter colonies, which consist of 4 to 16 cells and are released when the envelope of the mother cell is torn apart. The daughter colony is held together by a jelly. Sexual reproduction is unknown in Ankistrodesm .
Ankistrodesmus occurs in plankton mainly from nutrient-rich, stagnant water, but also in water basins and garden ponds. It is also found in the plankton of rivers.
The genus Ankistrodesmus includes a few species. Algaebase names 15 recognized species.
- Karl-Heinz Linne von Berg, Michael Melkonian u. a .: The Kosmos algae guide. The most important freshwater algae under the microscope. Kosmos, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-440-09719-6 , p. 168.
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