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 rings, spicules and needles composed of silica. Magnification: x 1000 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, biologial, biology, calcium carbonate, coloured, false-coloured, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, one, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, silica, single, skeletal, skeleton, spicule, sponge, structural, structure, zoological, zoology

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