Sponge spicules

Sponge spicules

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Caption: Polarised light micrograph showing spicules of a sponge, Sycon coronatum. 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 at 35mm size.

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

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