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The Strange Beauty of the Sea’s Microscopic Plants [Slide Show]

Some of the most fantastical denizens of the ocean realm are invisible to the naked eye
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SUMMER BLOOM of coccolithophores colors much of the Black Sea milky blue.....[ More ]

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COCCOLITHOPHORES , such as Gephyrocapsa oceanica , produce calcareous shells that they shed into the sea.....[ More ]

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DINOFLAGELLATES in the genus Peridinium exhibit thick, armored plates that are commonly lobed and ornamented.....[ More ]

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BACTERIASTRUM diatoms have a wide distribution.....[ More ]

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ARMORED DINOFLAGELLATE Protoperidinium pellucidum can produce dangerous toxins that lead to so-called red tides.....[ More ]

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THE COSCINODISCUS GENUS of diatom is incredibly diverse, containing more than 400 species.....[ More ]

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SKELETONEMA diatoms are common in the waters around Florida.....[ More ]

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CENTRIC MARINE DIATOM displays radial symmetry.....[ More ]

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DIATOMS and other red phytoplankton form the base of marine food pyramids.....[ More ]

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