Diatom colony

Diatom colony

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Caption: Light micrograph of the colonial diatom Chaetoceros sp.. The picture shows a colony of 6 individuals, shaped like long ovals & with paired spike-like projections at each end. Diatoms are unicellular algae with distinctive silica-based cell walls or skeletons. They occur in huge numbers in plankton & play an important role in marine & freshwater food chains.

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Keywords: alga, algae, algal, botany, chaetoceros sp., colonial, colony, diatom, diatoms, light micrograph, nature, phytoplankton, plankton, planktonic, plant

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