Gallery of Desmids
by Jan Parmentier & Wim van Egmond

Micrasterias americana


Microscopists have long been attracted by desmids. Their beautiful shapes, the intriguing ways of cell division and sexual propagation and the fact that many species are indicators of a special aquatic environment all contribute to that attraction.

This gallery will introduce you to some of the most common types. Although desmids can be found in many shapes and sizes their basic design is mostly similar. They all have two semi-cells which are mirror images. We start with one of the most spectacular desmids. The species of the genus Micrasterias have beautifully ornamented protrusions.

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