Siliceous Sponge Spicule (SEM)

Siliceous Sponge Spicule (SEM)

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Credit: Biophoto Associates/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Scanning electron micrograph of siliceous (i.e., composed of silica) spicule from sponge tissue. Spicules are tiny spike-like structures that provide structural support and deter predators. Magnification: 1700X.

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Keywords: biology, colour, electron micrograph, enhanced, enhancement, fauna, micrograph, microscleres, nature, porifera, poriferans, scanning electron micrograph, sem, siliceous, skeletal spicule, spicule, sponge, sponge spicules, sponges, zoological, zoology

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