Natural symmetry in this one-celled desmid alga

A symmetrical desmid alga that resembles a Christmas tree

Detailed Description

Some single-celled green algae in the desmid family are symmetrical, with two halves joined by a bridge containing the cell’s nucleus. USGS biologist Barry H. Rosen and colleagues have been sampling desmids in Florida’s Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge for more than a year.

Micrasterias furcate var. alata collected in Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, May 2017. Photo: Barry H. Rosen, USGS

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Image Dimensions: 4080 x 3072

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Location Taken: US