Colour diatom

  • Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen
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Colour diatom. Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Source: Wellcome Collection.

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A light micrograph of a centric diatom. Diatoms are photosynthesising algae that live in most aquatic environments, both fresh and salt water. They are non-motile and are restricted to shallow waters as they require sunlight for photosythesis. A centric diatom is one that displays radial symmetry.


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