Gloeocapsa / Chroococcus

General Description

  • Cells are spherical, sometimes appearing cleaved, and contained in a hollow sphere called a sheath
  • Colonies are relatively small, with cells arranged in pairs; 2, 4, 6, 8 etc.
  • Gloeocapsa and Chroococcus are similar in morphology, varying by the color of their gelatinous sheath
  • Chrooccocus has a colorless sheath (mucilagenous case), while Gloeocapsa may have various colors of blue-green
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