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Genus: Odontella | Diatom

Common West Coast species: O. longicruris, O. aurita

Order: Biddulphiales

Family: Eupodiscaceae


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Description: Heavily silicified cells form curving or spiraling chains, joined by mucous pads on ends of elevations (horns). Numerous small chloroplasts. Cells can be solitary.

Cell Size: Width (apical axis) 15-110um

Distribution: Most abundant in north temperate regions, and likely cosmopolitan. Some may be littoral species

Synonym: Odontella longicruris = Biddulphia longicruris, Odontella aurita = Biddulphia aurita

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