Unknown Algal Specimen from Loktak Lake, Manipur

  • Student Name: Anjali Manoj
  • College/School: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore.
  • Specimen: Unknown specimen of Kingdom Plantae Division Thallophyta
  • Specimen collected from: Shell of snail found at Loktak Lake, Manipur  on 2nd December, 2018
  • Specimen observed at:  CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore on 6th December, 2018


On the 6th of December, I extracted a part of what I presume to be algae growing on the shell of a snail that I had found in the water near the banks of Loktak Lake, Manipur. When seen with the naked eye it appeared as a green circle of diameter ~2mm with a brown center. When observed under the foldscope, the green regions showed minute, chlorophyll-rich hair like structures originating from the brown center.

Below is a picture of the snail on whose shell, the above specimen was found to be growing.

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