Genus of flagellate protozoa with two slightly unequal flagella and a large chromatophore in some species.
Cryptomonas is the name-giving genus of the cryptomonads. It is common in freshwater habitats and often forms blooms in greater depths of lakes, or during winter beneath the ice. The cells are usually brownish in color, and have a slit-like furrow at the anterior. They are not known to produce any toxins and are used to feed small zooplankton, whi...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptomonas
(from the article `algae`) ...sheet or scale covering; nucleomorph may represent reduced nucleus of symbiotic organism; approximately 200 described species; Chilomonas, ... ...Occurring in both fresh and salt water, cryptomonads contain pigments found elsewhere only in red and blue-green algae. Some live harmlessly as ... [2 related ...Found on http://www.britannica.com/eb/a-z/c/165
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