Just because this algae is so beautiful....

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Just because this algae is so beautiful....

Post by ralfwagner »


just because Micrasterias americana is such a beautiful desmid I want to show here my latest picture:



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Post by Bruce Williams »

Delicate and visually appealing lifeform. Any ideas about the small extensions at the extremities?


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Post by MacroLuv »

Great! It looks like a snowflake! :D
Does all of them share the very same shape?
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Post by ralfwagner »

Hello Bruce and MacroLuv,

these small extensions at the extremeties are typical for the genus Micrasterias, nevertheless there are some Micrasterias species without. There is no knowledge about the biological functionality, some interpret them as an aid for better floating, some say they are a kind of protection against beeing grubed. But none of these interpretations is for sure or scientifically verified.

All Micrasterias americana have exactly the same shape as shown here in my foto. Of course abnormal deviations exist, but these are mainly due to bad environmental influences or genetic defects.

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Post by svalley »

Ralf, beautiful shot.
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Post by beetleman »

Nature is so grand even at its littlest. Just imagine what most people are missing :wink: very beautiful photo Ralf, thank you.
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