Chesapeake & Coastal Bay Life 

algae_frontbook.jpgAlgae are actually the most well known of a group of organisms called phytoplankton. Algae can best be described as small or microscopic plants. These organisms are photosynthetic, meaning that they function as plants, producing their own food from sunlight. Phytoplankton are the basis of most aquatic food chains, and are one of the primary producers of the oxygen we breathe. There are several different types of phytoplankton living in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Choose from the following classifications:

Type1:Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae)
Scientific Name:Anabaena sp.
Fast Fact:Anabaena sp. was first identified  in 1852.
Photos:Anabaena sp.
Photos.desc:Anabaena sp.
Other Names:None
Seasonal Dominance:Summer
Distribution:Freshwater.  Found predominantly in the Potomac (above Indianhead) and in the Upper Bay.
References:Presscott, G. W. 1951. Algae of the Western Great Lakes. Wm.C. Brown Co. Dubuque, Iowa. page 514.

Rabenhorst's, L. 1932. Kryptogamen-Flora Cyanophyceae (Geitler, L.). Johnson Reprint Corp. New York. page 891.