Sponge spicules, SEM

Sponge spicules, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sponge spicules. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of spicules from a sponge. Sponges are primitive aquatic organisms that filter food from the water. They are a loose aggregation of cells supported by spicules and needles composed of silica. Magnification: x 500 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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

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