Coscinodiscus diatoms, light micrograph

Coscinodiscus diatoms, light micrograph

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Credit: WIM VAN EGMOND/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Darkfield light micrograph of front and side views of the centric marine diatom Coscinodiscus granii. The side view shows cells undergoing fission, or cell division. Diatoms are a group of photosynthetic, single-celled algae containing about 10,000 species. They form an important part of the plankton at the base of the marine and freshwater food chains. The characteristic feature of diatoms is their intricately patterned, glass-like cell wall, or frustule. The frustule often has rows of tiny holes, known as striae. Composite image. Magnification: x100 when printed 10 cm wide.

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