Bacillaria (bass-ill-air-ee-a) paxillifer is an unusual but distinctive pennate diatom. Many cells are joined together with valve face against valve face. The frustules interlink, and individual cells can slide relative to each other. The colonies (about 20 cells in this one) can consequently scrunch up or extend for long distances. Phase contrast. This picture was taken by David Patterson of material from Limulus-ridden sediments at Plum Island (Massachusetts USA) in spring and summer, 2001. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Plum Island, Massachusetts coast, USA
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