LM of a colony of Volvox

LM of a colony of Volvox

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Credit: JOHN WALSH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Light micrograph of a colony of Volvox containing eight asexual daughter colonies within. Volvox is an organism that lies between the plant & animal kingdom, being variously classified with the green algae (plant) or flagellates (animal). The colony contains from hundreds to thousands of cells arranged at the surface of a watery matrix. The individual cells have two flagella & eyespots. They reproduce both asexually & sexually. In the former case cells in the rear of the colony divide to form daughter colonies. Once released the parent colony dies. In the latter case male & female gametes are produced & a sexual union occurs.

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Keywords: animal, flagellate, invertebrate, invertebrates, light micrograph, nature, protozoa, protozoan, volvox, wildlife, zoology

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