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Diatoms. I love diatoms

Diatom. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a Bacteriastrum varians diatom.

Diatom. Light micrograph of a centric (circular) marine diatom (Aulacodiscus sp.) with an intri- cately patterned cell wall

Marine diatoms - diatoms are one of the more beautiful things found in water

Diatoms. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of diatoms (Campylodiscus sp.). These microscopic, single-celled algae possess rigid and finely-sculpted cell walls known as frustules. Each frustule is composed of two halves, or valves, which fit neatly together. Diatoms are photosynthetic and aquatic, being found in both marine and freshwater habitats. Magnification: x310 at 6x7cm size.


A copepod with marine diatoms.