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A carpospore is a diploid spore produced by red algae. After fertilization, the alga's carpogonium subdivides into carpospores, and generally the largest type of spore (larger than bispores, which are larger again than tetraspores).[1] The wall of the carposporangium then breaks down, releasing the spores into the environment.[2]


  1. ^ Steneck, R. S. (1986). "The Ecology of Coralline Algal Crusts: Convergent Patterns and Adaptative Strategies". Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. 17: 273–303. doi:10.1146/ JSTOR 2096997.
  2. ^ Hoek, Christiaan; D. G. Mann; Hans Martin Jahns (1995). Algae. Cambridge University Press. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-521-31687-3.