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On this episode of Phytoplankton Phriday we wanted to introduce you to Navicula spp. since it was also seen in abundant numbers this week and last week! Navicula is latin for small ship, which is very appropriate since this diatom looks a lot like a little canoe. Navicula spp. have an opening/slit, called a raphe (ray-fee) that runs the length - top and bottom - of their shell (frustule), which has slimy strands protruding from it (like pasta sticking out of your mouth!). The strands grip the underlying surface and can pull the diatom forward at a rapid pace (on average a whopping 5 micrometers per second!), similar to a snowmachine’s tracks. Generally, the longer the raphe the faster the diatom! Unlike a snowmachine however, Navicula spp. leaves mucus trails behind like snails and slugs! Navicula spp. diatoms are solitary, so they don't form chains, and don't usually form blooms. ... See MoreSee Less
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