Detritosphere. Detritus is an important component of aquatic ecosystems. Pieces of detritus (from a few microns in size to the size of a blue-whale) are relatively rich (with nutrients, energy and carbon sources) compared to the surrounding water. They are therefore the preferred habitat for many microbes. Bacteria become concentrated within pieces of detritus, or if swimming may swim close to the detritus. Detritus often, then, becomes the preferred habitat to which other protists attach. This piece has been colonised by many Pseudobodo cells. 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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