breadcrumb Field Guide: Food Web - Green Algae

Food Web

Plants: Green Algae

green algae plant

algae plant

Algae are single-celled or multi-celled plants that live in freshwater or marine environments.  Like other plants, green algae contain chlorophyll; however, they don't have true roots, stems, or leaves. Algae do not flower or produce seeds. Algal species range from microscopic (such as phytoplankton) to the large, multicellular species commonly known as seaweeds. 

Most people think of algae as “pond scum,” but algae are important ecologically. They provide food for many consumers in a wide variety of food webs.

Most algae are not harmful even when they form “blooms” that are sometimes seen in rivers, estuaries, and the ocean.

algae plant

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