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					 Green Algae: Phylum Chlorophyta
• Green algae belong to phylum (or “division”)
  Chlorophyta
• Most green algae live in freshwater and
  terrestrial environments; only ~10% of the
  estimated 7,000 species are marine
• Nonetheless, many species of green algae
  dominate bays and estuaries and isolated tidal
  pools on rocky coasts
 Green Algae: Phylum Chlorophyta
• Chlorophyll in both green algae and plants are
  not normally masked by other pigments
• Land plants are believed to have evolved from
  green algae; considered by many taxonomists
  as belonging to Kingdom Plantae!
         Common Long Island Chlorophytes




        Codium fragile                                          Ulva lactuca                        Enteromorpha sp.
        (“Dead Man’s                                           (“Sea lettuce”)                        (“Gutweed”)
          Fingers”)

http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/2007/10/codium_fragile_subsp_tomentosoides_1.php   http://www.biopix.dk/Photo.asp?Language=la&PhotoId=11271

				
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