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Photo of <em>Melosira</em> by Gabriela Hannach, King County Environmental Lab

Photo credit: Gabriela Hannach, King County Environmental Lab

Phytoplankton of the month — May 2018


Melosira are centric diatoms, approximately 11-30μm long and 17-70μm wide. These cells connect in either two or threes by their girdle and form beadlike chains. They have numerous chloroplasts. Melosira are cosmopolitan.

For more information see: A Taxonomic Guide to Some Common Marine Phytoplankton, by Rita Horner (Biopress Ltd. 2002)

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