Identify that alga:
Web-based key to genera -14: attached, sheathed colonies with chloroplasts

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  Attached, in a sheath   Click on the thumbnail for a larger image
     
 

sheath sac-like, cells with pseudocilia extending through the sheath

 
  [Pseudocilium = flexible , but not motile, projecting fibre]
 

(a) colony normally attached at 1 end

 
  Apiocystis
 

(b) colony attached, or planktonic

 
  Tetraspora?
     
 

cells spherical; single or in groups of 2,4,8 in a mucilage sheath; each cell has 1 or 2 long pseudocilia. Has cyanelles rather than chloroplasts, but it is hard to see their shape.

 
  Gloeochaete
       

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John Kinross