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Gomphonema rajaguruii

June 2 , 2023 116 days 230 0
  • Researchers have discovered a new species of single-cell algae, known as diatoms, from the northern Western Ghats.
  • It is named after a veteran geo-archaeologist, the late Professor S N Rajaguru as Gomphonema rajaguruii.
  • It was found in a semi-aquatic environment along the wet walls of Maharashtra’s hill station, Mahabaleshwar.
  • It exhibits traits of two genera, Gomphoema and Gomphoneis, making it a noteworthy addition to diatom taxonomy.
  • Diatoms play a crucial role in the ecosystem by supplying oxygen to the atmosphere through photosynthesis.

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