Autotrophs. Algae and plants in ecosystems. “Are blue-green algae phytoplankton?” Phylogenetic Functional Functional: Plankton- freely floating , carried along by currents. Can be motile e.g. Rooted aquatic plants are not planktonic
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Algae and plants in ecosystems
Plankton- freely floating , carried along by
currents. Can be motile
e.g. Rooted aquatic plants are not planktonic
Microscopic algae can be planktonic, those
that are comprise the PHYTOPLANKTON.
Phytoplankton are important in reservoirs
and in water column of large rivers.
substrate (solid surface)
Epiphytes- microscopic algae growing on
Macrophytes- vascular (rooted) plants,
mosses, liverworts, large colonial algal forms.
Epilithon- layer of algae, bacteria, and
mucilage covering substrate (rock surface).
a.k.a. cyanobacteria, cyanophytes
Eucaryotes (with organelles)
Planktonic and benthic phyla:
a.k.a. chlorophytes, chlorophyceae
example: Euglena sp.
Chrysophytes, Dinoflagellates, Cryptophytes
Patterns of valves:
Planktonic- centric (radial)
Benthic- Trellisoid (Eunotia)
Pennate (around center line)
Pennate diatoms have a RAPHE or
PSEUDORAPHE:with raphe diatoms move by gliding on a mucilage trail
Terms: Epitheca, Hypotheca, Valve, Connecting Band