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 can consequently scrunch up or extend for long distances. Phase contrast. This picture was taken by David Patterson, Linda Amaral Zettler and Virginia Edgcomb of material from the salt marsh at Little Sippewissett (Massachusetts, USA) in Autumn, 2000 and in Spring and summer, 2001. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, L. Amaral-Zettler and V. Edgcomb, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Little Sippewissett salt marsh, Massachusetts, USA
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