Pleurotaenium - Desmid

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Pleurotaenium - Desmid

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For a full image of a specimen in this genus, possibly same species, see

Pleurotonium is common in my samples and is readily recognizable due to its habit of attaching itself to the substrate at the polar end of one semicell with the rest of the desmid projecting vertically.
Each polar end is perforated by minute pores which I believe secretes the ‘glue’.
Photo shows one polar end and the pores. I measured these pores as having a diameter of 0.6µ and they show only in single frames (thus stacking is not an option) even though frames were taken at about 0.7µ spacings.
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