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Related to carpospore: carpogonium, monospore, tetraspores


(Biology) a sexual spore produced by red algae after fertilization of the carpogonium


(ˈkɑr pəˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr)

a nonmotile spore of the red algae.
car`po•spor′ic (-ˈspɔr ɪk, -ˈspɒr-) car•pos′po•rous (-ˈpɒs pər əs) adj.
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Noun1.carpospore - a nonmotile spore of red algae
red algae - marine algae in which the chlorophyll is masked by a red or purplish pigment; source of agar and carrageenan
spore - a small usually single-celled asexual reproductive body produced by many nonflowering plants and fungi and some bacteria and protozoans and that are capable of developing into a new individual without sexual fusion; "a sexual spore is formed after the fusion of gametes"
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Red algae produce two types of nonmotile spores that can settle on plates, attach and grow into small plants: carpospores (zygospores) and tetraspores (meiospores) (Destombe et al.
These fronds produce carpospores that generate apomictic upright fronds instead of the alternate phase crust that occurs in the sexual life cycle.