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Algae of the Great Lakes Region
Macrophytic Algae

  

Macrophytic algae are distinguished by differentiation of cells into complex 'tissues' and 'organs' more similar to higher plants. These forms are usually attached via a specialized 'holdfast'.

Great Lakes Algae Species List - Macrophytic Algae

Division Chlorophyta - Green Algae
  • Class Chlorophyceae
    • Order Ulvales
  • Class Charophyceae
    • Order Charales
      • Family Characeae
        • Tribe Chareae
          • Genus Chara
            • Chara braunii
            • Chara canescens
            • Chara contraria
            • Chara elegans
            • Chara excelsa
            • Chara formosa
            • Chara fragilis
            • Chara schweinitzii
            • Chara sejuncta
            • Chara vulgaris
        • Tribe Nitelleae
Division Rhodophyta
  • Class Rhodophyceae
    • Subclass Florideae
      • Order Bangiales
      • Order Nemalionales
        • Family Batrachospermaceae
          • Genus Batrachospermum
            • Batrachospermum boryanum
            • Batrachospermum dillenii
            • Batrachospermum ectocarpum
            • Batrachospermum moniliforme
            • Batrachospermum vagum
        • Family Lemaneaceae

Based on: G.W. Prescott. 1962. Algae of the Western Great Lakes Area. Wm. C. Brown Co., Inc.

E Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species List.

Additional taxonomic placements based on: Prescott. 1970. how to know the Freshwater Algae. Wm. C. Brown Co. [Enteromorpha, Nitellopsis]

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Browse Genera

 

Enteromorpha intestinalis.  Courtesy of Hawaii Botany

Enteromorpha

 

Chara sp. Courtesy of Michigan Tech

Chara
(regular branching, coarse with lime, stout)

Nitella sp. Courtesy of Michigan Tech

Nitella
(regular branching, delicate)

Nitellopsis sp. Courtesy  of DW Schloesser

Nitellopsis
(long, uneven length branches)

Tolypella sp. Courtesy of Macrophyten Online

Tolypella
(irregularly branched)

Bangia atropurpurea

Bangia

 

Batrachospermum sp.  Courtesy of The Wall at Michigan TechCourtesy of Michigan Tech "The Wall"

Batrachospermum

Lemanea sp. Courtesy of The Algal Web at Napier University

Lemanea

NA

Tuomeya

(antler-like branching)

 

Photo Credits

Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA siteHawaii Botany
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA siteMichigan Tech
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA siteA Field Guide to Valuable Underwater Aquatic Plants of the Great Lakes by D. W. Schloesser - Michigan Lake Stream and Watershed Association
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA siteMakrophyten Online
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA siteMichigan Tech - The Wall
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA siteAlgal Web - Napier University

Algae Links

Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA siteUniversity Paisley Biodiversity Reference
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA siteAlgaeBase
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA siteThe Algal Web - Napier University
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA sitePhytopia

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