Asterionella

Marine Biology

These stellar earrings are based on the colony structure of the freshwater diatom Asterionella. Single Asterionella cells are surrounded by tubular-shaped silicon shells. The individual cells, however, form a star-like colony formation with 8 to 20 other cells. The cells are anchored in the center by extracellular matter. Asterionella is one of the most abundant types of algae in freshwater environments.

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