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Typically, periphyton is made up of a diatoms, a variety of filamentous algae (including Spirogyra, Anabanea, Oscillatoria, Lyngbya, Pithophora spp), and cyanobacteria.
Herbaceous vegetation is scarce, but species like Lyngbya sp.,
In 1971, Smith et al. identified a filamentous blue-green algae as Lyngbya sp. and a small green algae as Stichococcus bacillaris.
Lyngbya majuscula have recently given rise to a novel powerful antibiotic, malyngolide (Fenical, 1983).
A fine new species of _Lyngbya_ extends up as high as 11,000 feet.
Lyngbya produces toxins that produce a red, itchy rash with blisters when it comes in contact with skin.