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(4494) Marimo

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1988 TK1. Discovered 1988 Oct. 13 by S. Ueda and H. Kaneda at Kushiro.

Named for spherically-shaped green algae that inhabit Lake Akan {see planet  (4584)} in Hokkaido, Japan. A protected species since 1894, Marimo can grow as big as a baby’s head: a Marimo with a diameter of 6 cm is estimated to be between 150 and 200 years old. (M 20521)

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