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By Dr. Biology

Plankton Zoom Gallery (Plankton up-close)

Plankton comes in many shapes and sizes. These are just a few of the thousands of examples. Click on any of the plankton samples in the gallery below and use the zoom tool to explore the different shapes and textures of these amazing organisms.

Want to learn more about plankton? We also have a companion story called Invisible Watery World that you might like to check out.

Bicolored Mound dwelling Tiger Beetle image Klug's Xanthine Tiger Beetle image White Sand Tiger Beetle image
Amoeba
Zooplankton
Copepod nauplius (larva)
Zooplankton
Ciliate
Zooplankton
Beautiful Tiger Beetle image Teak Tiger Beetle image Carolina Metallic Tiger Beetle image
Nematode
Zooplankton
Coelastrum (green algae)
Phytoplankton
Fragilariopsis cylindrus (diatom)
Phytoplankton
Bolivian Ornate tiger Beetle image Broad-winged Manticora image Cream-edged Tiger Beetle image
Chlamydomonas (green algae)
Phytoplankton
Filamentous cyanobacteria
and pennate diatoms
Phytoplankton
Centric diatom
Phytoplankton
Bolivian Ornate tiger Beetle image Broad-winged Manticora image Cream-edged Tiger Beetle image
Filamentous green algae
Phytoplankton
Tetraselmis and rotifer
Phytoplankton and zooplankton
Pennate diatom
Phytoplankton
Bolivian Ornate tiger Beetle image Broad-winged Manticora image Cream-edged Tiger Beetle image
Tetraselmis
Phytoplankton
Scenedesmus
Phytoplankton
Pennate diatom
Phytoplankton

In case you are wondering why there are white lines on each image, they are used to show the size of each plankton. Microscopists call these lines scale bars, because they let a person know the size of an object. All the white lines above are equal to 50 micrometers.

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