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Rhodomonas salina
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
(unranked): Hacrobia
Phylum: Cryptophyta
Class: Cryptophyceae

Order Cryptomonadales
Order Goniomonadales

The Cryptomonads (or Cryptophyta) are a phylum of algae,[1] most of which have chloroplasts.

They are common in freshwater, and also occur in marine and brackish habitats. Each cell is around 10-50 μm in size and flattened in shape, with an anterior groove or pocket. At the edge of the pocket there are typically two slightly unequal flagella.

Some may exhibit mixotrophy,[2] using mixed sources of energy.

References[change | change source]

  1. Khan H, Archibald JM (May 2008). "Lateral transfer of introns in the cryptophyte plastid genome". Nucleic Acids Res. 36 (9): 3043–53. doi:10.1093/nar/gkn095. PMC 2396441. PMID 18397952. 
  2. "Cryptophyta - the cryptomonads". Retrieved 2009-06-02.