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Plate 30. Marine Diatoms from Samarang, Java

Plate 30. Marine Diatoms from Samarang, Java

You may think that these were small pieces of art...nope just bacteria in petri dishes.

You may think that these were small pieces of art...nope just bacteria in petri dishes.

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Diatoms are a major group of algae, and are one of the most common types of phytoplankton. Most diatoms are unicellular, although they can exist as colonies in the shape of filaments or ribbons, fans, zigzags, or stellate colonies.

Diatoms are a major group of algae, and are one of the most common types of phytoplankton. Most diatoms are unicellular, although they can exist as colonies in the shape of filaments or ribbons, fans, zigzags, or stellate colonies.

Diatoms are a major group of algae, and are one of the most common types of phytoplankton. Most diatoms are unicellular, although they can exist as colonies in the shape of filaments or ribbons, fans, zigzags, or stars.

Diatoms are a major group of algae, and are one of the most common types of phytoplankton. Most diatoms are unicellular, although they can exist as colonies in the shape of filaments or ribbons, fans, zigzags, or stars.

Diatom , class Diatomeae, phylum Chrysophyta. These organisms belong to the plant Kingdom. Both of these are planktonic, marine specimens.

Diatom , class Diatomeae, phylum Chrysophyta. These organisms belong to the plant Kingdom. Both of these are planktonic, marine specimens.

Radial and pennate diatoms are arranged in a molecular arrangement by a 19th century slide mounter, photographed under a microscope with differential interference contrast illumination.

Radial and pennate diatoms are arranged in a molecular arrangement by a 19th century slide mounter, photographed under a microscope with differential interference contrast illumination.

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