Cyanobacteria: Definition, Characteristics & Species


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How are cyanobacteria classified?

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1. Which of the following is true about Phycocyanin?

2. Identify which of the following statements is FALSE.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Cyanobacteria is responsible for changing the environment on Earth, allowing it to support living organisms, plants, and algae that evolved throughout history. This quiz and corresponding worksheet will test you on your understanding of the role and importance of cyanobacteria.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to review:

  • The evolution of cyanobacteria
  • Phycocyanin
  • Cyanobacteria classification
  • Common genera of cyanobacteria
  • The role of cyanobacteria

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz combo will allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Information recall- access your knowledge of common cyanobacteria
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about the role of cyanobacteria on Earth
  • Defining key concepts ensure you can accurately define phycocyanin

Additional Learning

To learn more about the importance of cyanobacteria, review the accompanying lesson Cyanobacteria: Definition, Characteristics & Species. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defining cyanobacteria
  • Understanding the role of photosynthesis in cyanobacteria
  • Defining oxygenic phototrophs
  • Identifying the heterocyst structures in cyanobacteria
  • Defining the two major pigments found in cyanobacteria