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Photo of Eucampia chain by Dr. Vera Trainer and Brian Bill, NOAA Photo of Eucampia chain segment by Dr. Vera Trainer and Brian Bill, NOAA

Left image: Eucampia chain; Right image: Eucampia chain segment
Photo credit: Dr. Vera Trainer and Brian Bill, NOAA

Phytoplankton of the month — January 2015

Eucampia zodiacus Ehrenberg

Eucampia zodiacus are centric diatoms, 10-61µm long, with their cells joined together by flat projections forming beautiful helical chains. Eucampia has many girdle bands, but they are difficult to see. On the other hand, their disc shaped chloroplasts are quite visibly distributed throughout the cell.

Eucampia are found everywhere except in polar waters.

For more information see:
A Taxonomic Guide to Some Common Marine Phytoplankton, by Rita Horner (Biopress Ltd. 2002)

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