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Microcystis is a microcystin-producing genus of freshwater cyanobacteria which includes the harmful algal bloom Microcystis aeruginosa. Cyanobacteria produce two groups of toxin, neurotoxins and peptide hepatotoxins, such as microcystin and cyanopeptolin.
The generic moniker Microcystis derives from the Greek mikros ("small") + kystis ("bladder")
As the etymological derivation implies, Microcystis is characterized by small cells (a few micrometers in diameter), which lack individual sheaths. The cells are usually organized into colonies (large colonies of which may be viewed with the naked eye) that begin in a spherical shape, but losing their coherence to become perforated or irregularly shaped over time. The coloration of the protoplast is a light blue-green, appearing dark or brown due to optical effects of gas-filled vesicles; this can be useful as a distinguishing characteristic when using light microscopy.
Among Microcystis species are the following:
- Microcystis aeruginosa
- Microcystis argentea
- Microcystis elongata
- Microcystis holsatica
- Microcystis lutescens
- Microcystis marina
- Microcystis pallida
- Microcystis salina
- Microcystis thermalis
- Microcystis viridis
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