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Vocabulary Term Details

Diatoms

Definition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatoms)

Diatoms are a major group of algae, and are one of the most common types of phytoplankton. Most diatoms are unicellular, although they can exist as colonies in the shape of filaments or ribbons (e.g. Fragilaria), fans (e.g. Meridion), zigzags (e.g. Tabellaria), or stellate colonies (e.g. Asterionella). Diatoms are producers within the food chain. A characteristic feature of diatom cells is that they are encased within a cell wall made of silica (hydrated silicon dioxide) called a frustule. (Wikipedia)

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Algae
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This term is used for the following terms: 
Bacillariophyceae

Approved Date
26-Feb-2013

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