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Name : Desmids
Size : Wide range amongst species
Where to find them : Planktonic, or on vegetation, particularly neutral to acidic waters.
Notes : An attractive and varied group of algae. Although species vary widely in shape, they share the feature of being divided into two equal halves (semicells) which are often mirror images. A distinct constriction between the two semicells or gap in the plastids is usually seen.
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Published in Micscape Magazine February 2001.
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