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The main characteristics of Chrysophyceae are:

  1. The algae coming under this family is commonly known as golden algae.
  2. It’s a group of algae which is found in fresh water forms.
  3. This algal family is unicellular or colonial.
  4. The pigments are chlorophyll-a, -c and fucoxanthin; this fucoxanthin which give the characteristic colour.
  5. It stores energy in the form both as carbohydrate and oil droplets.
  6. Presence silica deposition vesicle, flagella apical and unequal in length.
  7. Asexual reproduction by binary fission, sporogenesis.
  8. Sexual reproduction reported in some members.
  9. The lifecycle is haplontic in chrysophyceae.