Light micrograph showing spicules of a sponge

Light micrograph showing spicules of a sponge

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Caption: Light micrograph showing spicules of a sponge (Porifera). This phylum comprises plant-like aquatic animals of primitive, but multicellular, form. They are constructed from intricate skeletal elements, of silica or calcium, known as spicules or spines. Magnification: x100 (35mm size).

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Keywords: animal, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, porifera, poriferan, spicule, spicules, sponge, wildlife, zoology

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