Always there but seldom noticed:  

SPIROGYRA

Spirogyra is a filamentous algae that can be found in almost every pond or ditch. At the end of the summer Spirogyra and it's relatives Mougeotia and Zygnema grow to such numbers that they form a thick scum on the surface of the water. Not many people know what beauty lies hidden inside this formless mass. The chloroplasts are arranged in a variety of ways. In Spirogyra, it runs through the cell like a spiral.

Like their relatives the desmids, they belong to the phyla Gamophyta, the conjugating green algae. They have a very special way of reproduction. In one of the next issues of Micscape magazine you will read everything about how Spirogyra reproduces.

THE INSTITUTE FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE LESS THAN ONE MILLIMETRE

Volvox

Bell animalcules

Noctiluca

 Starfish larva

Stentor

Hydra

Bryozoans

Desmids

Diatoms

3D through a microscope

 

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