Chaetoceros compressus
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Taxonomic Group: Diatom
Trophic Status: Autotrophic
Size Range: 5.7-15 μm wide (LUMCON Guide); 7-24 μm wide (Cupp 1943); 6-22 μm wide (Rines & Hargraves 1998); 7-40 μm wide (Tomas 1997)
Key Characteristics: Valves with round corners that can appear very close together but do not touch; setae originate inside cell margin; sloppy chains with squiggly intercalary setae; chains can be very long and twisted about chain axis; numerous small chloroplasts; mucous producing
Confused With:
Toxin: None known