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Oscillatoriae, a group of blue-green algae, inhabiting fresh or salt waters, damp grounds, or hot springs, consisting of multicellular filaments in a mucilaginous sheathing often felted together in a scum. They derive their name from a complex system of spontaneous movements, the filament bending, rotating on its axis, and creeping backwards and forwards.