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SINCLAIR STAMMERS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SINCLAIR STAMMERS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Darkfield light microscopy of a desmidÂ alga, Euastrum sp. Desmids (order Desmidiales) are green algae found mostly in fresh water. Most are unicellular, and are divided into two compartments separated by a narrow bridge or isthmus. Desmids assume a variety of highly symmetrical and attractive shapes. Each compartment has one chloroplast, and no flagella.
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