What’s floating???

Place: Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai, India.

Description: I went on a field visit as a part of a group to observe various water ecosystems. I collected a water sample from an artificial water body made for the purpose of rain water harvesting. And this is what I saw in a single drop- something, or rather someone floating! Further, literature helped in the identification of this little creature.


Fig.: Cosmarium observed under Foldscope


Empire: Eukaryota

 Kingdom: Plantae

 Subkingdom: Viridaeplantae

 Infrakingdom: Streptophyta infrakingdom

 Phylum: Charophyta

 Class: Conjugatophyceae (Zygnematophyceae)

 Order: Desmidiales

 Family: Desmidiaceae  Genus: Cosmarium 0

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