Oscillatoria sp. Oscillatoria sp.    
Kingdom Bacteria   >   Phylum Cyanobacteria   >   Class Cyanophyceae   >   Order Oscillatoriales   >   Family Oscillatoriaceae   >   Genus Oscillatoria   


Oscillatoria is actually a prokaryote, but has been classified as a Cyanophyta or blue-green algae. There is a revision in progress that may transfer all of the plantonic blooming strains into a new genus, Planktothrix. (L. Biechele, pers. comm.)


"Oscillatoria is noted for its oscillating movement and it may actually crawl out of a shallow dish. My collections have actually "crawled-up" the sides of jars!" (L. Biechele, pers. comm.)

There is 1 record in the project database.

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An Oscillatoria species collected in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/24/2010). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

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