Diatom alga, Amphora pediculus

Diatom alga, Amphora pediculus

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Caption: Diatom. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of a freshwater diatom Amphora pediculus. Diatoms (unicellular algae) consist of two valves made of silica, which fit together in the manner of a tiny pill-box. Their exteriors (seen here) are sculpted with an assortment of pores, spikes and other projections arranged with precise symmetry. They are found in large quantities in either the sea, soil or freshwater. Lying at the base of the food chain, diatoms are exceedingly important to the well-being of the higher orders. Magnification: x6000 at 6x7cm size. Magnification: x24,000 at 8x10 inch size.

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Keywords: alga, algae, algal, amphora pediculus, amphora sp., botany, diatom, diatoms, freshwater, freshwater diatom, nature, phytoplankton, plankton, plant, scanning electron micrograph, sem, silica, type, unicellular

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