Raphidocelis subcapitata

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Raphidocelis subcapitata
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Viridiplantae
Phylum: Chlorophyta
Class: Chlorophyceae
Order: Sphaeropleales
Family: Selenastraceae
Genus: Raphidocelis
Species: R. subcapitata
Binomial name
Raphidocelis subcapitata'
(Korshikov) Nygaard, Komárek, J.Kristiansen & O.M.Skulberg

Raphidocelis subcapitata,[1] formerly known as Selenastrum capricornutum and Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata is a microalga.[2] This microalga presents a curved and twisted appearance like a sickle. The cells are normally presented in a solitary form. It has a length between 8 and 14 µm, and a width between 2 and 3 µm. It is commonly used as a bioindicator species to assess the levels of nutrients or toxic substances in freshwater environments. This species is quite sensitive to the presence of toxic substances including metals and has a ubiquitous distribution, so is broadly used in ecotoxicology.[3][4]

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