Desmarestia Life History
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany

Desmarestia

Life History

Index Taxonomy Life History Morphology Antarctica Acknowledgements

diagram of life history

This is a cartoon (click for a larger version) of the heteromorphic alteration of generations life history of Desmarestia ligulata from Carmel Bay California as explained by Matthew S. Edwards. During the summer months thalli of this alga are abundant and can grow up to two meters high. During the winter months, the sporophytes die off and the microscopic gametophytes survive.

unilocular sporangia

This is a drawing of the structure, called unilocular sporangia, where meiosis occurs to produce haploid spores, found in mature, fertile sporophytes - the diplontic stage of the life cycle. Unilocular means that there is a single compartment in which several spores are produced.

Index Taxonomy Life History Morphology Antarctica Acknowledgements

© 2005 Ashley Maloney

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