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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Charophyta
Class: Zygnematophyceae
Order: Desmidiales
Family: Desmidiaceae
Genus: Cosmarium

In taxonomy, Cosmarium is a genus of green algae, specifically of the Desmidiaceae.[1]


In this complex genus the cells are very variable. All are constricted in the middle leading to its bi-lobed appearance.[2]

Cosmarium is a fresh water algae.


  1. ^ See the NCBI webpage on Cosmarium. Data extracted from the "NCBI taxonomy resources". National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  2. ^ Guiry, M.D., John, D.M., Rindi, F. and McCarthy, Y.K.2007. New Survey of Clare Island Volume 6: The Freshwater and Terrestrial Algae. Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 978-1-904890-31-7

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