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Two individuals of an unidentified Haematococcus species
Scientific classification e
(unranked): Viridiplantae
Division: Chlorophyta
Class: Chlorophyceae
Order: Chlamydomonadales
Family: Haematococcaceae
Genus: Haematococcus
Wille in Warming, 1884

Haematococcus capensis
Haematococcus carocellus
Haematococcus droebakensis
Haematococcus lacustris
Haematococcus murorum
Haematococcus pluvialis
Haematococcus thermalis
Haematococcus zimbabwiensis

Drawing of Haematococcus pluvialis[1]

Haematococcus is a genus of algae in the family Haematococcaceae. Members of this group are the common cause for the pink color found in birdbaths.[2]


  1. ^ Frank Shipley Collins. The Green Algae of North America, Volume II of Tufts College Studies, Published by Tufts College, 1909, pp 79-480. From Plate II.
  2. ^ See the NCBI webpage on Haematococcus. Data extracted from the "NCBI taxonomy resources". National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Nozaki H, Onishi K, Morita E (2002). "Differences in pyrenoid morphology are correlated with differences in the rbcL genes of members of the Chloromonas lineage (Volvocales, Chlorophyceae)". J Mol Evol. 55 (4): 414–430. doi:10.1007/s00239-002-2338-9. PMID 12355262. 
  • Gutman, J., Zarka, A and Boussiba, S. 2009. The host-range of Paraphysoderma sedebokerensis, a chytrid that infects Haematococcus pluvialis. Eur. J. Phycol. 44: 509 - 514.

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