Bacillaria (bass-ill-air-ee-a) paxillifer, a colonial planktonic diatom, in which many cells join by their raphes, and can slide against each other. The resulting arrays are capable of extending and retracting, not exactly like a pantograph, but not too different either. This species from the plankton, some say it is the same as the benthic B. paradoxa. This image shows a number of colonies. Bright field.
data on this strain. This image is of material from Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Culture of Marine Phytoplankton, images taken by David Patterson and Bob Andersen. Image copyright: Bob Andersen and D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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