Photo of Actinoptychus by Lyndsey Claassen Photo of Actinoptychus by Sarka Martinez
Phytoplankton of the month — October 2017


Actinoptychus are centric diatoms, approximately 20-150μm in diameter. They are found solitary or in loose groups. Their valves are divided into six sections alternating elevated and depressed.

Actinoptychus are widely distributed.

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