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Pediastrum alga. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the disc-like colony of cells formed by the green alga, Pediastrum sp. Pediastrum is a type of freshwater colonial algae. The colony comprises a central cell surrounded by concentric rings of cells. The outermost cells each have two lobes projecting outwards, giving the colony a "spiky" appearance. Magnification: x3000 when printed at 10 centimetres wide. Specimen collected from Vietnam courtesy of Mike Allen, Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
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