Image of the Day: Diatoms on Display

Fan-shaped Licmophora flabellata, unlike most diatoms, are symbionts, often attaching to algae, aquatic plants, or other living substrates.

By | April 30, 2014

VAN EGMOND PHOTOGRAPHY, WIM VAN EGMOND, COURTESY NIKON SMALL WORLD

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Auros

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April 30, 2014

I wish there was slightly more explanation here.  An organism that attaches itself to another could be seen as parasitic, or merely commensal.  Does the diatom benefit in some way other than having a place to be?  Does it provide benefits to the organisms it lives with?  Telling me it's symbiotic, without just a few sentences to explain how, is kind of frustrating.

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