Unformatted text preview: Porphyra genus, Rhodophyceae class, and Rhodophyta phylum, were an intriguing organism in the tank. It is a pinkish, purple color and covered just about everything, but mainly the rocks and corals. At first glance, the purple algae don’t really look like a common perception of algae. It just looked like everything was of a purple shade. That is because the purple algae isn’t that long (and some things were dyed). Phylum Rhodophyta typically have chlorophyll a and phycoerythrin pigments. They store starch, cellulose and CaCO 3 in their call walls. Purple algae play a huge role in reef ecology. It serves in the building role by helping the corals bond together....
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- Spring '08
- Photosynthesis, Purple, Red algae, purple algae