A Phacus Kiss

Marguerite Porter and West Bishop

A Phacus Kiss  by Marguerite Porter and West Bishop

Euglenoids, like the Phacus species shown, are a critical part of many ecosystems as they are instrumental in nutrient cycling and food web stability. These organisms comprise an important but small portion of phytoplankton communities, distinguished by their ability to move and their advanced ability to see. These characteristics allow them to colonize and thrive in many environments not suitable for other algae. This image illustrates the fascinating adaptations of this micro-organism to promote life.

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