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Diatom

Genus: Cymbella

Habitat:

Shallow pond in rural SW Pennsylvania

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5 Comments

Elton_Wizard
Elton_Wizard 8 years ago

Thanks for the kind remarks. Yes, the microscope is pretty nifty. A Leica. A decent camera helps as well.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Great to see these here and thanks for the information, Elton.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Excellent photo... great detail. Thanks.
Must be a good microscope.

Elton_Wizard
Elton_Wizard 8 years ago

Diatoms are microscopic golden/brown algae that have intricately marked glass-like shells (frustules). The markings on the shells are best seen when you treat the diatom with a strong acid to remove all the inner stuff. The frustule itself is virtually indestructible. Diatoms can be found anywhere there is water. Some can swim while others do not; some species band together to form long chains or tight colonies. I hope this helps.

Birdgirl
Birdgirl 8 years ago

Do you have any info on this you can give me?

William_Dembowski
Spotted by
William_Dembowski

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Nov 17, 2010
Submitted on Nov 23, 2011

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