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Any of various green unicellular chiefly freshwater algae of the order Desmidiales, reproducing through conjugation and sometimes forming filaments or colonies.

[From New Latin Desmidiāceae, family name, from Desmidium, type genus, from Greek desmos, bond, from dein, to bind.]


(Plants) any freshwater green alga of the mainly unicellular family Desmidioideae, typically constricted into two symmetrical halves
[C19: from New Latin Desmidium (genus name), from Greek desmos bond, from dein to bind]
desˈmidian adj


(ˈdɛz mɪd)

any green algae of the family Desmidiaceae, each alga being composed of symmetrical half-cells bridged by a nucleus and usu. living colonially in a branching mat.
[1860–65; < New Latin Desmidium a genus < Greek desm(ós) a chain]
des•mid′i•an, adj.
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Noun1.desmid - freshwater green algaedesmid - freshwater green algae    
chlorophyte, green algae - algae that are clear green in color; often growing on wet ricks or damp wood or the surface of stagnant water
Desmidium, genus Desmidium - a genus of protoctist
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Opute FI (1992) Contribution to the knowledge of algae of Nigeria 1: Desmids from the Warri/Forcados estuaries.
During the rainy season, pennate diatoms and desmids from functional group P (Closterium sp.
Lenzenweger and Lutz (2006) studied algae from very humid moss patches along the rims of small ponds near the shore of the Kongsfjorden in July 2004 and reported 58 taxa of desmids.
In the natural substratum, there was a change in the number of desmids taxa, in December 6th (4th sampling), when we registered an expressive contribution of diatoms.
Desmids were negatively related to bicarbonates but favoured by moderate temperature (Table-3).
During the summer many species of cyanobacteria, diatoms such as Asterionella and Fragellaria, dinoflagellates, desmids, calanoid copepods, and cladocerans are present whereas in the winter there are centric diatoms, calanoid copepods, the cyanobacterium Anabacna, and small flagellated algae.
Over a third of all algal species identified to date belong to the large group of algae known as Desmids.
Ecological characteristics are given for thhese desmids.
This is true of many desmids and diatoms found in the Andean lakes in Colombia.
With its several rows of sharp teeth, the tiny creature scrapes off and feeds on diatoms, desmids, and other algae.