Valonia (alga)

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Unidentified Valonia - Kew 3.jpg
A Valonia species cultivated in an aquarium
Scientific classification e
Phylum: Chlorophyta
Class: Ulvophyceae
Order: Cladophorales
Family: Valoniaceae
Genus: Valonia

Valonia is a genus of green algae in the Valoniaceae family.[1] The cells have multiple nuclei and many chloroplasts, each with a pyrenoid.[1] The cells of some species are very large, up to 2 cm in diameter. In some species the colonies maintain a symmetrical shape but in others they do not.[1] Some species have been extensively used for studies of ion-exchange and water potential across biological membranes.[1]

The genus Ventricaria is now regarded as a synonym of Valonia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Algaebase". Retrieved 10 September 2014.

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