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Image of Stephanopyxis by Charles Krebs
Photo credit: Charles Krebs

Phytoplankton of the month — April 2015

Stephanopyxis palmeriana

Stephanopyxis palmeriana are centric diatoms, approximately 27-71µm in diameter, and oblong in shape. These little rounded rectangles form chains that are connected by faint black external tubes protruding out of a slit within the diatom wall. Many chloroplasts are visible dotting the inside of their cells.

Stephanopyxis palmeriana are found in temperate to warm water.

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

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