Diatom 3D Models

Cells are more or less rectangular in girdle view

(side view). Cells are usually elliptical in valve view

(top view). Opposite setae of adjacent cells touch

near their origins. Marine genus, also live in inland

waters of the United States. Centric diatom that

contains a frustrule or cell wall composed of silica

that contain long thin spins also known as setae

Odontella Model

Heavily silicified cells form curving

or spiraling chains Joined by mucus pads

on ends of elevations (horns).Numerous

small chloroplasts. Cells can be solitary.

Cell size, width (apical axis) 15-10 um.

Distribution: Most abundant in north


Pseudo-nitzschia Model

A marine planktonic diatom genus containing

some species capable of producing the neuron

toxin Domoic Acid (DA), which is responsible for

the neurological disorder known as Amnesic Shellfish

Poisoning (ASP). Currently, 54 species are known,

26 of which have been known to produce DA.

Elongated unicellular organism with tapered ends

Ceratium Model

The genus Ceratium includes species of

freshwater and marine dinoflagellates. Most

species of Ceratium are unicellular organisms that

are characterized by their armored plates, two

flagella and horns.