Sponge spicules, SEM

Sponge spicules, SEM

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Caption: Sponge spicules. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of spicules from sponges (order Porifera). A sponge is a primitive aquatic organism that filters food from the water. It is a loose aggregation of cells supported by its spicules, needles composed of silica.

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Keywords: animal, aquatic, biological, biology, coloured, false-coloured, fauna, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, nature, porifera, poriferan, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, silica, skeleton, spicule, spicules, sponge, sponges, structural, supportive, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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