cyanobacteria

DEFINITIONS OF: cyanobacteria

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n predominantly photosynthetic prokaryotic organisms containing a blue pigment in addition to chlorophyll; occur singly or in colonies in diverse habitats; important as phytoplankton

Synonyms:
blue-green algae
Types:
nostoc
found in moist places as rounded jellylike colonies
trichodesmium
large colonial bacterium common in tropical open-ocean waters; important in carbon and nitrogen fixation
Type of:
eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria
a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
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